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How to Send a Proper Engagement Letter

An engagement letter is a contract between you and your client. Each new client or project, big or small, should start with an engagement letter that is signed by all associated parties. These letters can be used as binding contracts in the event of fee disputes, collection issues and more. Overall, this documentation delivers peace of mind and security to both parties.

Why send an engagement letter?

 First and foremost, an engagement letter sets expectations for both parties. Your client will know exactly what to expect from you, as well as what is expected of them. This can help prevent misunderstandings and should strengthen the relationship down the road.

In the rare event of a dispute between you and your client, the legally binding engagement letter can serve as the […]

November 13th, 2018|

5 Reasons Small Law Firms Need Professional Liability Coverage

Professional liability insurance is critical piece of protection for small and large firms alike. In the event a malpractice claim is filled against your firm, a professional liability policy will help cover the cost of certain legal fees, and judgments or settlements your firm may face.

  1. The odds
    Even if your practice is small and you are extremely diligent in your work, your firm can be sued. Though you may work in a space where “everyone knows everyone” and you trust that your clients would never sue your firm, you truly never know. An estimated 4-17% of lawyers are sued each year, and of all reported malpractice claims, 70% are made against firms with fewer than five attorneys.
  2. Peace of mind
    An error-free representation does not mean you are free from […]

June 4th, 2018|

The Importance of Professional Liability Insurance

As an attorney, you know the legal profession has a multitude of risks. From malpractice claims and legal fees to security breaches and lost laptops, your firm faces inherent risks each and every day.

According to the latest ABA Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims*, legal malpractice claims continue to rise. Although less than 15% of cases result in a payment to the plaintiff by trial or settlement, there was a huge increase where claimants received more than $1 million. Unfortunately, even if you win a claim, it is costly to defend yourself. Adequate insurance is more important than ever to protect you against the unexpected.

To protect yourself, your partners and the assets of your firm from the costs of a potential claim, get Professional Liability Insurance from the NYC Bar […]

November 7th, 2017|