Tales from the Claims Files

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A Decision to Share Office Space Can Be a Great One, Except When It Isn’t.

Some attorneys prefer working in an office share setting. And look, I get it. The reasons for doing so can be compelling. There’s the savings on overhead, the presence of others who can provide personal and professional support, the opportunity for cross referrals, and the list goes on. While I have no desire to quash [...]

Don’t Be a Jerry

Missoula, Montana is home base to ALPS, the largest direct writer of attorney legal malpractice in the nation. Montana is also the home of some of the biggest skiing in the United States. Thus, it seems natural to us to discuss some legal pitfalls we see during the week on the claims desk and illustrate [...]

Why You Must Immediately Report a Cyber Claim.

It seems that every week, the news reports on yet another company that suffered a cyber breach.  Law firms, even small firms, are not immune from cyber-attacks.  As you know, your ALPS legal malpractice insurance comes with a separate Cyber policy attached unless you opted out of this coverage.  However, as this is a new [...]

When Following Your Heart Gets You In Over Your Head

With the daily grind of the practice of law we seldom take time to think about why we got into this business in the first place. With the exception of those who think it's the most socially acceptable venue for belligerents, I suspect the answer is to help people and make a good living. Those [...]

The Defining Moment of a Malpractice Claim

As a risk manager for the past 20 years, I’ve had more conversations with lawyers than I can keep track of and that were about more topics than I can remember. Of course, because I work for a legal malpractice insurer, it should come as no surprise that a number of the ones I do [...]

Engagement Letters Matter

Could there be a better time than spring to think about engagement letters?! The birds are singing, the flowers are out, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to clean up those client files and make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row. Engagement letters can be summarized in one simple [...]

Help Us Help You!! Keep A Complete Copy of Every File

“I did not keep a copy of my file.” …   Those are some of the most tragic and disappointing words I can hear from an Insured as we are discussing the malpractice claim they recently reported.  Those nine little words can drastically change the outcome of a claim.  Defending a malpractice claim filed against an Insured [...]

A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping – No Suits Against Clients for Fees

You have heard it many times before but it is worth repeating because we are still receiving claims from attorneys who first sued their clients for fees and a malpractice counterclaim was asserted.  I have been handling claims for attorneys for about 18 years now and I can honestly tell you that once the matter [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast-Episode 3: Stay Away from the Gray Area. Reporting Claims.

There are a number of common questions that policyholders ask in regards to reporting claims. In this episode, ALPS Claims Attorney John Ries talks with Mark about some of questions he often hears. John also sheds light on why it’s important for attorneys to call their legal malpractice insurance provider even if they suspect that [...]

Claims Corner: When An Attorney Leaves During A Pending Malpractice Claim

A few issues arise when a malpractice claim is filed against an attorney working for the insured firm when that attorney leaves the firm while the claim is pending. In addition, the question frequently arises as to how the claim will affect the firm’s future risk rating. This article is intended to provide a partial [...]

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