As family law clients are often preoccupied and in emotional distress, they require particular care.
LPLC sees claims in the family law area every year. While the percentage cost of family law claims each year is not high (typically 5 per cent of LPLC’s total claims cost), it is an area where simple risk management steps can make a difference.
The scope of the retainer needs to be carefully defined and documented. Documenting advice and instructions and keeping the client informed about the progress of the matter and the costs also deserve special attention. Financial agreements are an ongoing problem when it comes to claims; it is certainly not an area in which to dabble!