Lawyers’ Insurance 101

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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 [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 10: Why is mandatory malpractice insurance gaining ground?

ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, recently sat down with Doug Ende, the Chief Disciplinary Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association in the Bar's Seattle offices. Doug was able to shed some light on mandatory malpractice insurance from a disciplinary perspective and how coverage not only protects attorneys but ultimately is a protection for [...]

Inside vs Outside Limits in 2 Minutes

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between inside and outside limits for legal malpractice insurance, ALPS Business Development Representative Kurt Whitmire provides a two-minute explanation. Transcript: Hi this is Kurt Whitmire, Business Development Representative for ALPS Insurance. Today I'm here to talk to you about the important topic of inside versus outside policy [...]

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 [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 8: Cyber Coverage 2.0

 There are two types of businesses - those that have been hacked and those that don't know they've been hacked. This may sound like hyperbole, but it's fairly accurate and many of those businesses are law firms. So you may ask yourself, how do I protect my law firm from a hack? Mark sits [...]

Understanding Tail Coverage

To this day I still get the occasional call from an attorney wanting to know how to go about purchasing a tail policy and my response is always the same.  I need to make sure that the caller understands there really is no such thing as a tail “policy.” Clarification on this point is important [...]

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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 5: What’s your speed? 3 new policies to fit your needs.

 ALPS is rolling out three new policy forms this year, offering legal malpractice insurance coverage options to fit your firm's needs. No one is more excited it seems to talk policy features than our General Counsel, Brad Dantic. Listen as Brad and Mark Bassingthwaighte share a lively discussion about the ALPS Basic, Preferred and [...]

Knock. Knock. Who’s There? Coverage for Subpoena Assistance

It’s Friday the 13th, or any other day of the month for that matter, and your local process server appears at your door with a subpoena for your attendance at a hearing and for the production of documents.  The subpoena requires information related to the representation of your former client, Ima Headache.  You may not [...]

Working With a Direct Writer

Many times friends or colleagues outside of ALPS ask me, “What’s the hardest part of your job?” A lot of people assume that it’s really hard talking to lawyers, but honestly  lawyers' malpractice insurance is very important to lawyers. They want to make sure they're getting a good policy for a competitive rate. I typically have [...]