Decreasing the Risk of Legal Malpractice Claims

The American Bar Association (ABA) conducts extensive survey on legal malpractice claims every four years. The survey concludes that every practicing lawyer is potentially at risk for legal malpractice. It was once believed that solo practitioners were at the highest risk, however, research has found that lawyers at small, medium, and large law firms are not shielded from potential malpractice claims. Therefore, every lawyer is at some risk as long as they practice law. In light of this potential danger, this article seeks to illustrate how lawyers can use the client-centered approach to decrease the risk of a legal malpractice claim. Using statistical data gathered from the ABA, case history, and periodicals this article aims to show that the client-centered approach can prevent practicing lawyers from committing the three most common errors alleged in malpractice claims.

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