Many good legal malpractice claims are not pursued because the offending attorney does not carry professional liability insurance.

The Rules of Professional Conduct which govern the practice of attorneys in Pennsylvania require attorneys to inform prospective clients if they do not carry minimum amounts of professional liability insurance to cover malpractice claims. Because of this requirement, more attorneys are covered than before this requirement was imposed. However, for those who are not covered, pursuing malpractice claims is often not worth the effort because of the difficulty in collecting any judgment that may be obtained.

You can find out how a Pennsylvania licensed attorney reported his insurance status by going to the website www.padisciplinaryboard.org

Even if an attorney is listed as insured doesn't mean he has coverage for a particular malpractice claim. Often changes where an attorney practices and other factors can preclude coverage.

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