All of our published articles originally appear in Wisconsin Lawyer, the official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and appear here with permission.
Suing for Fees: To What Lengths Should You Go to Get Paid?
Suits against clients for unpaid fees are not strictly off-limits, but lawyers should thoroughly evaluate each potential case to determine if the fees at issue justify both the costs and the possibility the attempt will not succeed.
Report Potential Malpractice Claims: Don’t Be Shy
Malpractice insurance policies provide coverage for matters first made against a policyholder and reported in writing to the insurance carrier during the policy period. Don’t hesitate to report a problem; failure to report can mean the loss of coverage.
Malpractice Claims Trends: Real Estate Remains Risky
The economy – although slowly recovering – is still affecting malpractice claims. Not only does the frequency of malpractice claims go up as the economy goes down but different practice areas are more vulnerable to claims than others.
Top OLR Complaints: Grievances on the Rise
Grievances filed with the Office of Lawyer Regulation are rising. Knowing the practice areas and types of errors most often complained about can alert you to vulnerabilities in your practice so you can prevent mistakes and problems.
Prepare a Disaster-Recovery Plan Before Disaster Strikes
Billable time determines your income; nonbillable time determines your future. You cannot afford not to have a disaster-recovery plan. Take it from two of more than 12 attorneys whose office building recently went up in smoke.