Professional Liability Insurance Committee

Professional Liability Insurance Committee

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE COMMITTEE Committee Members Christopher Twyman, Chair Sarah Akins Kimberly Butler Christy Childers Stephanie Cooper J. Hamilton Garner Brandon Goldberg Warren Hinds

Kenneth Hodges, III Linley Jones

Herman Kilgore David Lefkowitz Daniel OConnor Dennis Sanders Toronda Silas R. Gary Spencer Shannon Sprinkle Meredith Sutton David Lipscomb Executive Comm. Liaison Options

Option One: Mandatory Disclosure Option Two: Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Three: Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE for Lawyers without Insurance Option Four: Mandatory Insurance Mandatory Disclosure OPTION ONE

Mandatory Disclosure Option One Lawyers in private practice must disclose whether they are covered. Information due July 1st. Published in the

online Member Directory. Must make disclosure to Membership Dept. to return to good standing. Noncompliant lawyers go out of good standing on September 1st.

Exemptions Option One Inactive Government lawyers In-house counsel Arbitrator/Mediator

Sample Directory Listing Illinois--covered In annual registration, attorney reported that he/she has malpractice coverage. Sample Directory Listing Illinois--not covered In annual registration, attorney reported that he/she does not have malpractice coverage. (Some attorneys, such as judges,

government lawyers and in-house corporate lawyers, may not carry coverage due to the nature of their practice setting. Mandatory Disclosure Option One Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (a) Each active member of the State Bar of Georgia who is engaged in the private practice of law in Georgia shall disclose on the annual license fee statement

whether the member is covered by a policy of professional liability insurance. Mandatory Disclosure Option One Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (b) Each member who has previously reported being covered by professional liability insurance shall notify the State Bar of Georgia in writing in such form and manner as the Board may designate within 30 days if the insurance policy providing coverage

lapses, terminates, or is no longer in effect for any reason. Mandatory Disclosure Option One Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (c) The information required by this Rule shall be publicly available and included in the members listing in the Member Directory on the official website of the State Bar of Georgia.

Mandatory Disclosure Option One Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) Each member shall maintain documentation showing the name of the insurer, the policy number, the amount of coverage and the term of the policy, and shall produce such documentation at the request of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Disclosure Option One

Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e) The information required by this Rule is due on July 1 of each year. A member who does not comply with the requirements of the Rule by September 1 shall cease to be a member in good standing. Mandatory Disclosure Option One Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued)

(e)A member deemed not to be in good standing under this Rule shall be returned to good standing upon making the disclosure required in subpart (a) to the Membership Department of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment OPTION TWO Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk

Assessment Option Two All provisions of Option One, plus Encourage lawyers without coverage to take a voluntary risk assessment course. The course is free and lawyers would receive CLE credit upon completion. Results are confidential. The program generates information tailored to the lawyers needs to reduce the risk of a malpractice claim.

Voluntary Risk Assessment Colorado There are ten self-assessment tests: Developing Competent Practices Communicating in an effective, timely, professional manner Ensuring that Confidentiality requirements are met Avoiding conflicts of interest File management, security, and retention

Voluntary Risk Assessment Colorado There are ten self-assessment tests: Managing the law firm/legal entity and staff appropriately Charging appropriate fees and making appropriate disbursements Ensuring that reliable trust account practices are in use Access to justice and client development Wellness and inclusivity Colorado Assessment

Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (a) Each year, every member of the State Bar of Georgia shall certify: (1) Whether the member is engaged in the private practice of law; and (2) Whether the member is currently covered by a policy of professional liability insurance.

Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (b) Each member who has previously reported being covered by professional liability insurance as set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this Rule shall notify the State Bar of Georgia in writing in such form and manner as the Board may designate within 30 days if

the insurance policy providing coverage lapses, terminates, or is no longer in effect for any reason. Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (c) The information required by this Rule shall be publicly available and included in the members listing in the

Member Directory on the official website of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) The State Bar of Georgia encourages those members who are not covered by a policy of professional liability insurance to complete the Bars voluntary online self-assessment of

the operation of their law practice and to avail themselves of the resources which it recommends to address any deficiencies identified by the self-assessment. Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e) The information required by part (a) of this Rule is due on July 1 of each year. A

member who does not comply with the requirements of the Rule by September 1 shall cease to be a member in good standing. Mandatory Disclosure with Voluntary Risk Assessment Option Two Rule 1-210. Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e)... A member deemed not to be in good standing under this Rule shall be returned

to good standing upon making the disclosure required in subpart (a) to the Membership Department of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE for Lawyers Without Insurance OPTION THREE Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three

All provisions of Option One, plus Require lawyers without coverage to take a mandatory risk assessment course. The course is free and lawyers would receive CLE credit upon completion. Results are confidential. The program generates information tailored to the lawyers needs to reduce the risk of a malpractice claim. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three

Timing Disclosure required by July 1st. After disclosure lawyers have one year to do risk assessment or obtain coverage. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Penalty If the lawyer does not obtain coverage or complete the risk assessment, he or she goes out

of good standing July 1st of the following year. Mandatory Assessment Illinois There are 8 modules to complete the course: The Intersection of Technology & Ethics: Protecting Client Information http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/technology/story.html Conflicts of Interest: Ensuring Undivided Loyalty http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/conflicts/story.html Fees, Costs & Billing Practices: Getting Paid Ethically http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/fees/story.html

Attorney-Client Relationships: Effectively Connect and Communicate with Clients http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/clientrelationships/story.html Mandatory Assessment Illinois There are 8 modules to complete the course (continued): Client Trust Accounts http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/trustaccounts/story. html Attorney Wellness http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/attorneywellness/st ory.html

Civility & Professionalism http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/professionalism/sto ry.html Diversity & Inclusion: Culturally-Competent Lawyering http://jackiemetler.com/iardc/pmbr/diversityinclusion/st ory.html Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (a) Each active member of the State Bar of Georgia

who is engaged in the private practice of law in Georgia shall disclose on the annual license fee statement whether the member is covered by a policy of professional liability insurance. Members whose practice consists solely of serving as an arbitrator or mediator and members who do not represent clients are exempt from provisions of this rule. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability

Insurance (continued) (b) Each lawyer shall maintain, for a period of six years from the date the coverage is reported, documentation showing the name of the insurer, the policy number, the amount of coverage and the term of the policy, and shall produce such documentation at the request of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional

Liability Insurance (continued) (c) Every other year, beginning with registration for 2020-2021, each lawyer covered by paragraph (a) who discloses that he or she is not covered by a policy of professional liability insurance shall complete a self-assessment of the operation of his or her law practice or shall obtain malpractice insurance and report that fact on the annual license fee statement for the following year. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three

Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) The Proactive Management-Based Assistance program is a free interactive online educational program provided by the Bar. It requires the lawyer to assess his or her law office and operations based upon requirements of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and best-practices for operation of a law office. Lawyers may earn one hour of Ethics CLE credit for each module of the self-assessment completed.

Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) Upon completion of each module in the Proactive Management Based selfassessment program, the lawyer will receive the results of the self-assessment and suggested resources to help the lawyer address any deficiencies identified by the self-assessment.

Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) All information related to the selfassessment shall be confidential and not shared with the Office of the General Counsel, except for the fact of completion of the self-assessment. Neither the Bar nor the lawyer may offer this information into evidence in a disciplinary proceeding. The Bar may report self-assessment data publicly in the aggregate.

Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e) The information required by this Rule is due on July 1 of each year. A member who discloses that he or she is not covered by a professional liability insurance policy remains in good standing for one year in order to complete the Proactive Management-Based Assistance Program or to obtain insurance.

Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e) If the member neither completes the self-assessment required at parts (c) and (d) nor obtains insurance, he or she goes out of good standing on July 1 of the following year. Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE

Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (e) A member deemed not to be in good standing under this Rule shall be returned to good standing upon making the disclosure required in subpart (a) to the Membership Department of the State Bar of Georgia and, if not covered by a policy of malpractice insurance, by completing the self-assessment course.

Mandatory Disclosure with Mandatory CLE Option Three Rule 1-210 Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (f) The Bar will provide the information required by part (a) of this rule upon request from any person but will not publish it as part of the members listing in the Member Directory on the official website of the State Bar of Georgia. Mandatory Insurance

OPTION FOUR Mandatory Insurance Option Four Require lawyers in private practice to be covered by malpractice insurance policy. Lawyers have to report whether they have insurance on their dues statement. Information is public. Lawyers who do not comply will go out of good standing on September 1st of the Bar year.

Mandatory Insurance Option Four Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (a) All active members of the State Bar of Georgia engaged in the private practice of law in Georgia must be covered by a policy of professional liability insurance, in an amount no less than $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in the aggregate (Minimum Limits).

Mandatory Insurance Option Four Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (a)...For any Minimum Limits policy the expenses of defense must be outside the policy limits so that the Minimum Limits stated above are not reduced by payment of attorneys fees or claims expenses incurred by the insurer for the investigation, adjustment, defense, or appeal of a claim.

Mandatory Insurance Option Four Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (b) The following members shall be exempt from the requirements of this rule: (1) Members who are employed by a governmental entity or other organization and whose practice is limited to matters concerning the entity or organization; (2) Members whose practice consists solely of

serving as an arbitrator or mediator; and (3) Members who are not actively engaged in the practice of law or who do not represent clients. Mandatory Insurance Option Four Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (c) Each lawyer who is required by this rule to have professional liability insurance shall so certify by providing the name of the insurance company and the policy number on the annual

license fee notice, and shall notify the Membership Department of the State Bar of Georgia in writing within 30 days if coverage lapses, is no longer in effect, or terminates for any reason. Each lawyers insurance status shall appear in the State Bar Member Directory as either yes, no, or exempt. Mandatory Insurance Option Four Rule 1-210. Professional Liability Insurance (continued) (d) The information required by this Rule is due

on July 1 of each year. A member who does not comply with the requirements of the Rule by September 1 shall cease to be a member in good standing. A member deemed not to be in good standing under this Rule shall be returned to good standing upon providing the Executive Director of the State Bar of Georgia with proof of professional liability insurance coverage. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

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