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TLIE Declares $3,000,000 Distribution for 2018

January 16, 2019

2018 was another good year for TLIE and its insureds.  Based on a substantial decline in claims made against TLIE insureds, financial results in recent years have been extraordinary and produced record high gains and policyholder distributions.  This year marked a return to normalcy with claims against TLIE insureds clearly Read the full post

Hurricane Harvey Resources

August 29, 2017

We know that some of our members are likely having a difficult time with the effects of  Hurricane Harvey.  If there is anything we can do to help you with ethical or malpractice issues, let us know. The Texas Supreme Court  and the Court of Criminal Appeals have issued a Read the full post

TLIE Declares 20th Consecutive Distribution

January 17, 2017

  This is TLIE’s 37th anniversary, and I am very pleased to report that 2016 was another successful year for Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange. On December 19, 2016, TLIE’s Board of Directors declared a policyholder distribution of $4.75 million. TLIE has returned a total of $46,300,000 to policyholders since 1997. Read the full post

Avvo Advisor: Should Texas Lawyers Join?

February 23, 2016

UPDATE: Avvo has fixed one of the potential issues we identified, the need to make clear to potential clients that the lawyer has paid a fee for the service. Avvo, the legal directory platform which also allows non-lawyers to ask lawyers questions informally, has introduced fixed-fee legal services online. Prices range Read the full post

Email CCs and BCCs to Clients are Ethical, But Risky

February 12, 2016

A recent ethics opinion from New York indicates that making a client a cc or bcc on an email to opposing counsel is ethical, but may be a dangerous practice. Ethically, a lawyer is required to keep a client informed about the representation, and copying clients on letters is a Read the full post

Study Shows High Frequency of Mental Health Issues Among Lawyers

February 9, 2016

A new study from the Journal of Addiction Medicine shows how serious mental health issues are in the legal profession. The study, published in The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys (authors Patrick R. Krill, JD, LLM, Ryan Johnson, MA, and Linda Albert, MSSW), Read the full post

Law firm liable for failure to verify information provided by client in a debt collection matter

January 28, 2016

Lawyers can be subject to liability under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In a recent case, a law firm relied on information provided by a client to pursue collection of about $11,000 allegedly due for insurance on a home that was mortgaged and had been foreclosed. In fact, Read the full post

Chair’s Message to Members

January 4, 2016

By Suzan Fenner, Chair of the TLIE Board of Directors. I am honored to be writing you this year as Chair of the Board of TLIE. I had big shoes to fill, following Tom Hanna, and before him, Jim Lovell, both Texas legal legends. I am happy to report that Read the full post

TLIE Declares 19th Consecutive Distribution

December 22, 2015

This is TLIE’s 36th anniversary, and I am very pleased to report that 2015 was another successful year for Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange. On December 11, 2015, TLIE’s Board of Directors declared a policyholder distribution of $5,000,000 – the largest in the company’s history. TLIE has returned a total of Read the full post

Mental Impairment, Discipline and Legal Malpractice

August 26, 2015

Mental impairment, whether due to substance abuse, mental illness, or advancing age, contributes to a significant number of legal malpractice claims and disciplinary actions. It is estimated that 15-18% of lawyers have a chemical addiction, and 50-70% of disciplinary actions involve substance abuse. Studies by the Oregon Bar have indicated Read the full post