Screen your clients and cases.
One of the most effective ways to avoid a malpractice claim is to carefully evaluate the potential client before you take the case.
Ask these questions first:
Legal malpractice claims often result from an attorney-client personality conflict or from an overly demanding or overly emotional client. You will need to rely more on intuition than logic in this phase of screening. Recognize which personality types you canít handle and avoid them. Develop and then use criteria for evaluating cases and clients.
Warning signs include:
Stop...before accepting a case, remember that every client could file a malpractice claim against you. When in doubt, decline the case! In the long run, a malpractice claim can cost you more than a lost fee.
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