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Brief background Most property & casualty insurance policies are occurrence policies.  Your personal auto, homeowners and business owners policies are good examples of an occurrence policy.  With an occurrence policy, the policy that is on the risk at the time that a covered act &l... READ MORE >>

You are very happy as it appears that your new policy is going to save you money.  But as with the changing seasons there are certain things you want to check when you switch claims-made malpractice insurers.  Items to check: 1.       Check the named insured and who is insured. READ MORE >>

Accountant called wanting to know how to make sure that she had insurance coverage for her past acts once she sells her practice. All Accountant E&O policies sold in the US are written on a claims-made basis.  In essence, once your Travelers Insurance Policy is canceled so is your coverage for past acts. READ MORE >>

Errors made during the dissolving and forming of law firms with legal malpractice claims-made insurance policies can cost attorneys coverage.  Too often the attorneys either ignore or misunderstand the need for making sure that their past acts are covered. READ MORE >>

Question from Attorney: Why do I need prior acts coverage for Attorney Malpractice Insurance?   Response: Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance is written on a ‘Claims-made’ policy form.  ‘Claims-made’ coverage in its purest form would only provide coverage for covered acts that that occurred and were reported during the policy period. READ MORE >>

Because attorney malpractice insurance is written on a claims made policy form the prior acts date is important to determining if there is coverage for an act that may have occurred many years ago.  The first three things that an insurer looks at to determine if the claims made policy covers the loss are: READ MORE >>

Some law firms are reluctant to report small claims.  Many times the law firm feels that the legal malpractice claim is small and they can cover it themselves.  These strategies will help their insurance history thus keeping their attorney malpractice insurance premiums lower. READ MORE >>

Tough call, you found this terrific attorney that would be a great fit for your firm.  The attorney’s prior firm(s) work experience and skills are exactly what your law firm needs.  The attorney is concerned about the prior firm surviving after departure and has asked if you will pick up this prior acts exposure. READ MORE >>

Question from Attorney: Will you write an Attorney Malpractice Insurance Policy for me without prior acts coverage?  I currently have prior acts coverage and want to renew without any prior acts coverage to save money.  I do not want to purchase a Tail or Extended Reporting Period Endorsement from the incumbent insurer. READ MORE >>

Attorney Malpractice insurance policies have a Retro Active date sometimes called a Prior Acts date.  But some attorney malpractice policies do not.  These attorney malpractice insurance policies are Full Prior Acts (FPA). READ MORE >>

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