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Guidelines for Drafting Engagement Letters


As an attorney, it's important to do everything you can to keep malpractice claims at bay. One very effective way to do so is by drafting a well-written engagement letter. According to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, approximately 17 percent of all malpractice claims arise due to poor relationships between clients and their attorneys. Poor communication is to blame for approximately 75 percent of all grievances that are filed by clients against their attorneys. With these points in mind, it's critical to establish clear ground rules right from the start. The best way to do that is with a carefully drafted engagement letter. In this white paper, you will find 12 key guidelines for drafting engagement letters.

Learning Objectives

- Learn how to avoid engagement letter mistakes.

- Review 12 guidelines for drafting engagement letters.

- Identify when to use non-engagement letters.




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