Legal Malpractice Tip Liability Coverage - Prior Knowledge Provision

Legal Malpractice Tip: Liability Coverage – Prior Knowledge Provision

Legal Malpractice Tip: Liability Coverage – Prior Knowledge Provision by Paul Fellman, Esq. – (610) 565-1708 x106 – pfellman@gibperk.com It’s a fact that mistakes happen and, even when they don’t, an unhappy client may try to sue you. That’s why this month’s tip deals with protecting yourself after the fact rather than avoiding the claim…

Legal Malpractice Tip College Provisions in Property Settlement Agreements

College Provisions in Property Settlement Agreements

Legal Malpractice Tip: College Provisions in Property Settlement Agreements Attorneys practicing family law, and specifically divorce, are familiar with property and marital settlement agreements. Agreements which specifically state that they are to be incorporated but not merged with a divorce decree remain a contract subject to laws applicable to contracts. Property settlement agreements require the…

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip Estate Planning Mistakes

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip: Estate Planning Mistakes

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip: Estate Planning Mistakes Common Mistakes in Pennsylvania Estate Matters This legal malpractice avoidance tip is short and simple. It covers three common mistakes that you can easily avoid in estate related matters. Sometimes all you need is a reminder. The Statute of Limitations for Will Contests is One Year If you’re…

December 18-20 Gibson Presents on Attorney Fees & Client Funds

December 18-20: Gibson Presents on Attorney Fees & Client Funds

December 18-20: Gibson Presents on Attorney Fees & Client Funds On December 18, 2017 (Dover, DE) and December 20, 2017 (Wilmington, DE), attorney Patrick Gibson will be a part of a seminar program entitled ‘Legal Ethics:  Attorney Fees and Client Funds’ for the National Business Institute. Mr. Gibson will be joined by attorney Benjamin Schwartz,…

Appellate Tip Preserve your Client’s Issues

Appellate Tip: Preserve your Client’s Issues

Appellate Tip: Preserve your Client’s Issues This month’s appellate practice tip is primarily concerned with the conduct of your client’s case at the lower court. Since the appellate court can only consider the record as it was developed below, it is critical, and procedurally required, that you make sure any appealable issue is preserved in…

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip  What Should You Do If You’re Sued

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip: What Should You Do If You’re Sued?

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip:  What Should You Do If You’re Sued? If You’re Sued Don’t defend yourself – you could void your malpractice coverage – instead, contact your carrier. Most carriers will permit you to file preliminary objections in Pennsylvania or A Motion to Dismiss in Delaware in order to avoid paying the deductible if…

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip  How Long to Keep Your Files

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip:  How Long to Keep Your Files

Legal Malpractice Avoidance Tip:  How Long to Keep Your Files As part of your representation, you should properly retain client files or dispose of them through appropriate means. It is a good idea to establish firm-wide guidelines for file retention. As in other areas of firm practice, more experienced attorneys should set the example. Of…