Tip of the Month

Tip for March 2014

At Outset of Engagement, Screen for Risky Clients

There are many kinds of clients that pose a higher risk of malpractice claims, bar grievances and failure to pay fees than other clients. Among those that pose a higher risk are clients with unrealistic expectations, clients with motives of revenge or malice, dishonest clients, unstable clients and litigious clients. One way to avoid claims from such clients is to try to identify them when considering whether to accept the engagement. If the prospective client says or does something that signals to you that the client is any of the various kinds of risky clients, then the lawyer should consider declining the representation. This web site contains articles that discuss in more detail the various kinds of risky clients and the ways in which lawyers can protect themselves from such clients.