LEGAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE VIRGINIA

Legal Malpractice Insurance VirginiaLEGAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE VIRGINIA: aggressive comparison shopping to find you the best coverage and price. Apply online.

‘A+’ insurers. Free quotes. 1-page application: apply on our website or download below. 


Legal Malpractice Insurance Virginia: we’re Lawyers Insurance Group, legal malpractice insurance brokers.

Our mission is to obtain the broadest coverage at the best price for your law firm.

We accomplish this by scouring the market on your behalf, leveraging our access to dozens of “A”-rated legal malpractice insurers.

We also provide attentive service, expert advice, strong coverage advocacy if you incur a claim, and a monthly premium payment option.

The Process:

  • Fill out our short on-line application or download it below.
  • We’ll send your firm’s application to all viable insurers, based on its risk profile (firm size, practice areas, county, etc.), and request proposals at different limits and deductibles, so you can make the optimal choice.
  • We’ll send you a summary of the insurers’ responses, highlighting the best ones, in 3 – 5 business days. We’ll explain the coverage and policy limits, answer your questions, and send you any insurer’s policy to review, if desired.
  • If you want to accept any of the proposals, you’ll have to complete that insurer’s long application to receive binding quotes, which should match the proposals. We’ll fill it out to the extent possible, based on the short application that you submitted, and send it to you to finish.
  • If you accept any of the insurer’s binding quotes, your coverage will be in place.
  • Pay the premium in full or finance it (15% down, followed by 10 monthly payments).

Notes:

  • Most Virginia sole practitioners buying their first policy, will pay an annual premium of $500 – $750 for $100,000/$300,000 limits (the minimum offered), $750 – $1,000 for $250,000/$500,000 limits (the next lowest), and $1,200 – $1,500 for $1,000,000/$1,000,000 limits.
  • Your premium will be about 25% higher than the figures above, if you handle high dollar-value real estate, trusts-estates, or PI matters, 100% – 300% higher, if you handle IP, securities, or class action matters, and 50% – 100% higher, if you’ve incurred any recent malpractice claims or bar discipline.
  • Each additional atty. added to the policy, reduces the average cost per atty.: a 2-atty. firm will pay about 70% more than a solo, a 3-atty. firm will pay about 125% more, etc.
  • You’ll get the best terms by waiting for all of the insurers to respond, rather than accepting the first proposal, even if it seems reasonable. We generally solicit quotes from 7 – 10 insurers; the first respondent rarely offers the best terms.
  • If you need coverage quickly, let us know when you submit our short application, and we’ll skip the proposal stage. Instead, we’ll work with you to complete a long application, and we’ll send that to the insurers for binding quotes.

Here’s a partial list of the insurers that we’ll send your application to, and the administrator of each insurer’s program:
AmGUARD (Couch Braunsdorf)
Arch (Target Insurance Services)
Aspen (Brown & Brown/Lawyers Protector Plan)
Attorney Protective (Lockton Affinity)

AXA/XL
AXIS (Aon Affinity)
CNA (Pearl Insurance)
Hanover (USI Affinity)
Markel (Risk Placement Services)
ProAssurance (ProLawyer Insurance/LawyerCare program)
Westport (Innovative Insurance Concepts)
Zurich (Couch Braunsdorf)

Contact me, if you have any questions or want help with the application:
Curt Cooper, Managing Broker
(202) 802-6415 | ccooper ‘at’ lawyersinsurer.com
Virginia Bureau of Insurance License #802471
National Association of Insurance Commissioners #1017031

Ia. Legal Malpractice Insurance Virginia – Application Help for First-Time Buyers

    1. Practice areas grid: allocate your billings by percentage per practice area, i.e., 30% family law, 20% personal injury law, etc. Your answers will greatly affect the premium.

If your firm has been open for a year or more, then fill out the grid based on your gross billings for the last 12 months. If it’s been open less than 12 months, fill out the grid based on your billings to date, plus your projections for the remainder of your first 12 months.

The application asks when your firm was founded, so the insurers will know if your figures are projections, and they won’t penalize you, if your projections turn out to be inaccurate. When your policy renews next year, you’ll have a year of data, and will be able to report your practice areas accurately. 

Your coverage won’t be restricted to the practice areas that you list on the application. 

   2. Risk management: docket/calendaring, conflicts-checking, and use of engagement letters/non-engagement/termination letters.

You won’t get quotes unless you have at least basic risk management procedures in place, so don’t apply until you do.

Even if you don’t handle litigated matters, and thus don’t need a docketing system, you’ll still have deadlines to meet, and the insurers will expect you to use a primary and back-up calendar.

If you answer the questions “no”, i.e., you don’t use any calendaring or conflicts-checking tools, or a retainer agreement or engagement letter, then every insurer will decline your application. See #19 on our FAQs page for a list of acceptable tools. Some manual tools are listed, but computerized tools, i.e., practice management software, are preferred.

   3. Back-up attorney: most insurers require sole practitioners to have a back-up; several insurers require the back-up’s name and address.

The person’s role is to contact your clients and any other relevant parties, and obtain any necessary postponement/extension until you return, if you incur an accident, illness, etc., that leaves you unable to handle your cases. In an extreme situation, the back-up will arrange for replacement counsel, or take over your cases, although that’s not required. 

There’s virtually no liability risk, because the back-up doesn’t establish an atty.-client relationship, unless he/she takes over the cases. 

Any attorney barred in your state of domicile will suffice. Most attorneys turn to a former colleague as their back-up. 

Ib. Legal Malpractice Insurance Virginia – How Our Process Benefits You

Does your firm have the best possible terms on its malpractice insurance, i.e., the broadest coverage at the lowest price?

The only way to find out is to test the market.

That’s where we come in. 

We submit each firm’s application to all viable insurers, based on its risk profile – typically 7 – 10 – and obtain proposals at the firm’s current terms, and at policy limits one or more levels higher. If the best proposals are close, we solicit another round of proposals from the ‘finalists’.

This aggressive comparison shopping lets us consistently obtain much better coverage and pricing for firms than they currently have.

More than a dozen major insurers cover Virginia firms, and they compete fiercely for good risks. If your firm hasn’t incurred a claim in five or more years, and hasn’t shopped for competing quotes in two or more years, then one or more of those insurers will likely offer it much better terms than it currently has.

AXA, AXIS, and CNA usually offer the best terms to Virginia firms. 

To obtain no-cost, no-obligation quotes from these and other ‘A’-rated legal malpractice insurers, send us your most recent application, or complete our short application, either online or by downloading it.

We’ll help you compare the competing quotes to your current terms, and make the best decision.

There’s no risk, and a potentially great reward.

II. Legal Malpractice Insurance Virginia – Request Quotes 

NOTES:

• If you filled out an application or premium estimate form for another broker or any insurer, send us that, instead of filling out our form.

• All proposals that we obtain for you are no-cost, no-obligation.

If you accept any of them, then the insurer that offered it will pay us a percentage of the premium as a commission.

That’s our only compensation; we don’t charge any fees.

We thus have every incentive to find you the best terms available in the market.

III. Attorney Feedback

“I recently worked with Curtis…I thought he did an excellent job staying in touch with me and giving me fair advice, without pressure to purchase anything in particular…he actually advised me to simply renew with my current carrier, despite the fact that it would not have led to any monetary compensation for him…” (Rating: 5 stars out of 5.)

Full review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lawyers-insurance-group

We received this email from the owner of a law firm for whom we procured malpractice coverage after its existing coverage was non-renewed:
“From beginning to end, you have served us so well, keeping me informed every step of the way.  Thank you Curtis!  I will recommend you without hesitation to any lawyer in need of a professional insurance broker.”

IV. Who We Serve

We optimize legal malpractice insurance for:

  • New law firms, including solo practices
  • Established firms of all sizes and in all practice areas, including high-risk practice areas like Securities, Sports/Entertainment, Real Estate, IP, and Personal Injury/ Medical Malpractice/Class Actions.
  • Special situations: law firms that have had their legal malpractice insurance can-celled or non-renewed; are merging or disbanding; are in or emerging from bankruptcy; etc.
  • Independent Contractors

V. Legal Malpractice Insurance Explained

VI. Reduce Your Risk of Committing Legal Malpractice

Calendaring/Docketing Best Practices

Conflict of Interest Avoidance Best Practices

Engagement Letter/Retainer Agreement Best Practices

Billing Practices to Increase Realization Rates and Avoid Fee Suits

Visit our other state pages:
Legal Malpractice Insurance California

Legal Malpractice Insurance Georgia

Legal Malpractice Insurance Maryland

Legal Malpractice Insurance Michigan

Legal Malpractice Insurance New Jersey

Legal Malpractice Insurance New York

Legal Malpractice Insurance Ohio

Legal Malpractice Insurance Pennsylvania

Legal Malpractice Insurance South Carolina

Legal Malpractice Insurance Texas

Legal Malpractice Insurance Washington, DC

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