Legal Malpractice Insurance

It is a shock to most people that the State Bar of Arizona does not require attorneys practicing within Arizona to carry legal malpractice insurance.  What that means is that if an attorney is negligent in handling your claim and does NOT carry insurance you may have no practical recourse for compensation.  

So, before you retain a lawyer make sure he is adequately insured.  The State Bar of Arizona does require Arizona attorneys to report whether they have insurance.  That information can be found at www.azbar.org under the section entitled “Find a Lawyer.”  Search for the attorney’s name and the results will show whether they carry professional liability insurance.

 You are required by state law to have insurance on your car.  Why shouldn’t the attorney you retain provide you the same protection?  Be a good consumer and check before you act.

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