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The Better Lawyer

February 2020

A risk management publication for legal professionals

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Risk Management Tip

“Naked” … and Afraid?

Attorneys who elect to practice “naked”, that is, without professional liability insurance, may not have the opportunity to “tap out” and ultimately go on their merry way when the going gets tough.

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Claim Study

Failure to Timely File Suit

An attorney has a professional obligation to perform due diligence throughout the course of representation. This includes conducting a thorough investigation into material deadlines such as when to timely file suit within the applicable statute of limitations.

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Tips from the Bar

In this month’s Tips from the Bar, Karen A. Smyth, Esq. of Lipson/Neilson discusses: The Pros, Cons, Risks, and Ethics of Pursuing Clients for Fees.

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Ask William

In this month’s feature, William responds to the question: “Is there such a thing as a non-engagement letter?”

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Risk Management Highlight

The Importance of Engagement and Disengagement Letters

Engagement and disengagement letters are a vital part of any legal practice. They help facilitate communication between you and your client as well as serve as a record of what you and your client agree to regarding the extent of professional services to be provided.

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