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Tip for January 2011

Screening to Weed Out Risky Clients

A risky client is one who poses an unreasonably high risk of a malpractice claim, bar grievance or fee dispute.  The risk may arise out of basic dishonesty, recklessness, desperation or a predisposition to sue.  Declining to accept risky clients is one way to avoid the risks they pose.  Implement a screening procedure by which potential clients are evaluated for characteristics that indicate high risk, such as litigiousness, evasive commitment to pay the fee, refusal to sign the fee agreement, unreasonable expectations about the case or prior retention of a string of attorneys.

This web site contains additional articles and a screening checklist to help identify risky clients.