What Practice Area Has the Most Legal Malpractice Claims?

According to a recent report by legal-malpractice insurer CNA, the answer is: family law. See CNA, Professional Counsel (April 2018).  According to this insurer, “claim frequency in the family law area of practice has been consistently higher when compared to all other areas of practice in the last six years.” Id.

What are the top causes of family-law claims? Leading the list are inadequate representation, failure to settle, fee disputes, impropertly drawn or recorded documents, and failure to follow client instructions.

Family-law practitioners beware.