Are lawyers required to have professional liability insurance?

No. Unfortunately, they’re not required to have it. You should ask any lawyer that you hire if they have professional liability insurance because that’s what will compensate you if they make a mistake that harms you.

Does my lawyer have to keep our communication confidential?

All communications between an attorney and their client are completely confidential. That means the attorney cannot and will not tell anyone about what you discussed without your full consent.

May I obtain my file from my lawyer?

Yes, you can get a copy of your file from your lawyer. Go ahead and ask in writing, that way you’ll have proof that you did that, and ask them to give you a copy. Just give them enough time to put a copy together, but you’re always entitled to that, even if you fire your lawyer and go hire someone else. You are always entitled to a copy of your file.

What should I ask a lawyer before hiring them for a malpractice case?

The most important thing that you can ask a lawyer before hiring them for a malpractice case is how much experience they have handling malpractice cases. Malpractice cases are a specialized area of the law, and unless you hire a lawyer that is experienced in those areas, your rights may not be preserved.

When I look for a lawyer, what are the qualities I should seek?

Well you should look for a lawyer who has experience in the area of law that you need. Make sure that they’ve done the type of case that you have before, that they understand what they’re doing, and that they’re able to answer your questions. Make sure that there’s a good fit with the lawyer. Do you like them? Would you like to work with them? Do you want them handling your case? Does everything seem right? Do you trust them? Just ask yourself some common sense questions, and see how the answers stack up. Ask them how your case will be handled. Will they be working on it? Will they send it off to assistants? Will you ever see that lawyer again? Find out how their office works.Then see what other organizations they’re involved in. Are they active in their bar association? Are they active in specialty bar associations? Do they speak to other lawyers? Do they lecture? Do they do other things like that that make them a better lawyer? Find out about all those questions. Get yourself some answers that make some sense, and make sure that it’s a good fit for you.