Tip of the Month

Tip for March 2011

Avoid "Dabbling" to Reduce the Risk of Claims

A high percentage of malpractice claims occur outside a lawyer's primary area of practice.  This may be the result of the practice of law becoming more specialized, making it more difficult for lawyers to be competent in areas outside those in which they routinely practice.  Before deciding to accept a case, lawyers should make a critical assessment of their familiarity with the substantive and procedural law of the prospective case, including applicable statutes of limitations and notice requirements, as well as with the size and complexity of the case, the firm's resources to handle the case, and the time and preparation needed to become competent to handle it.

More detailed discussions of the risks of dabbling are contained in articles in this web site.