Legal Malpractice Avoidance Quicktip: Resources

/ 17.Jun, 2011

One of the best legal malpractice avoidance techniques is quickly addressing a problem when it arises.  There are very few problems that are irresolvable if they are tackled swiftly.   Luckily, an attorney in trouble does not have to handle professional liability problems or ethics questions alone.  There are many good resources for attorneys to turn to when a problem arises. 

The Pennsylvania Bar Association has an ethics hotline.  The American Bar Association has a free online ethics research center.  Many of the largest professional liability insurance companies have risk management and malpractice avoidance resources, including SwissRe, Arch,  and Minnesota Mutual.  Professional liability insurance companies will frequently assign counsel in order to manage potential legal malpractice claims.

Another excellent resource, although not directly related to professional liability, is Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, which helps lawyers deal with issues of abuse and addiction.

Remember that avoiding legal malpractice claims is best accomplished by addressing problems as soon as they arise.  Make it a practice to identify problems and deal with them quickly, and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire