The word “malpractice” strikes fear in the hearts of attorneys everywhere, and for good reason.

A 2016 ABA study looked at malpractice claims taking place between 2012 and 2015 among a pool of North American insurers. According to the report, nearly 70% of malpractice claims involved firms with five or fewer lawyers, and solo lawyers generated more malpractice claims than firms of any other size.

The financial costs of a malpractice claim can be enormous—and may be accompanied by an ethics claim, which requires more resources to fight and could result in a sanction of suspension or even disbarment.

All lawyers should know what steps to take to avoid the risk of malpractice, and how to mitigate the consequences of a claim regardless of the outcome.

Malpractice risk is present every day in every practice. As changes in publications, rules, substantive law and technology come in to play, lawyers must ensure they are managing their risk and paying attention to the most sensitive areas of their practice. This free guide, authored by Megan Zavieh, California State Bar Defense Attorney, provides comprehensive guidance on how to protect your firm by systematizing procedures for file opening, file maintenance, calendaring, timekeeping, and billing.

By reading this guide you will learn:

  • How lawyers make mistakes
  • What causes mistakes
  • Protective procedural strategies
  • How to prepare for the unthinkable

To download your free guide, click here.