Continuing Legal Education

Malpractice Avoidance

March 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 5.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Trusts and Estates

Chicago
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)
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Get the tips and advice you need to run your practice without fear of liability!

The best way to avoid a malpractice claim is to know what issues to be aware of and how to avoid them, as well as the ethical rules that should be guiding you throughout your practice. Join us for this comprehensive look at a number of important malpractice issues, including:

  • How the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct define our roles at attorneys;
  • What motivates clients to sue their attorney;
  • The lifespan of your malpractice liability;
  • When to start a malpractice insurance claim;
  • The typical coverage limitations on malpractice insurance;
  • How to address potential conflicts of interests;
  • Understanding the role of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; and
  • Much more.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
William R. Kuehn, Williston, McGibbon & Kuehn, Barrington

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Sailing the High C’s: How the Qualities of Great Lawyers are Embodied in the Rules Governing Attorneys*
This segment discusses how the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct embody many of the practices and tendencies of lawyers who are adept at avoiding malpractice and client accusations of malpractice.
Thomas W. Dillon, Konicek & Dillon Geneva

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  My Next Guest….*
Don’t miss this retelling of the story of this famous client and the clever lawyer who represented him. It is a lesson on a powerful motivator for lawsuits against lawyers.
Thomas W. Dillon, Konicek & Dillon Geneva

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  In the Clear: When Will You Finally Escape the Surly Bonds of Malpractice Liability?*
Join us for an in-depth look at everything you need to know regarding the lifespan of your malpractice liability.
Thomas W. Dillon, Konicek & Dillon Geneva

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  Understanding Your Malpractice Insurance Coverage*
This segment helps you better understand malpractice insurance, including when to start the claim process, when to notify your carrier, typical limitations on coverage, deductibles, and tail insurance for retiring attorneys.
Jeffrey B. Strand, IBSA Mutual Insurance Company, Chicago

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Level of Capacity and Ethical Considerations*
Does your client have the necessary capacity to express his or her wishes? Are there different types of capacity? What is the difference between the capacity to sign a contract and the capacity to sign a will? Get the answers you need to these questions and more with this informative presentation. A discussion on the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and how to address potential conflicts of interest is also included.
Wendy J. Muchman, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Kerry R. Peck, Peck Ritchey, LLC, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  The Role of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission*
Gain a better understanding of the ARDC’s role when issues arise in a trust and estate practice, and what you can expect when the ARDC gets involved.
Steven R. Splitt, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval