Saturday, May 25, 2019

Washington State Bar Association rejects proposal to require lawyers to carry malpractice insurance

Not long after the State Bar of California’s board decided against requiring lawyers to carry malpractice insurance, the Washington State Bar Association’s board has rejected a similar recommendation.  Oregon and Idaho remain the only two states with a malpractice requirement for attorneys.

The task force that studied the issue in Washington had concluded that the lack of an insurance requirement “poses a distinct risk to clients.”  Yet, the Board voted down the proposal.

One of the reasons behind the decision was the concern that a malpractice insurance requirement would hurt access to justice because lawyers would be required to raise their fees to cover the cost of insurance. 

Above the Law has more on the story here.

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