Preparing for the Unexpected: BackUp Lawyers for Solos and Small Firms

A guide for Illinois Lawyers

Preparing for the Unexpected: BackUp Lawyers for Solos and Small Firms
A guide for Illinois Lawyers

This resource is designed to aid in developing and implementing a backup plan to protect you, your firm, your reputation, your clients, your staff, and your family in the event of an unplanned (or, possibly, planned) long-term absence from your practice. 

In addition to a guide to finding a backup, formulating a plan and implementing your plan, the guide includes:

  • What to look for in a backup lawyer (Checklist)
  • Initial setup of a backup-lawyer system (Checklist)
  • Annual Review of backup-lawyer system (Checklist)
  • Sample Backup-Lawyer Agreement

This resource is applicable whether or not you are a solo practitioner. There are many ways to find a backup lawyer you trust. This resource can provide you with a starting point for your evaluation of your own associates as potential backup lawyers or a process to search for a lawyer outside your firm to satisfy your firm's needs. 

Protect yourself, your clients, and your firm by implementing a backup lawyer. 

We are a malpractice insurance company created by lawyers, run by lawyers, for lawyers. Unlike other insurance carriers, we only serve the Illinois lawyers malpractice market.

ISBA Mutual does not have agents or stockholders. All of the Members of our Board are Illinois lawyers who have the same needs as every lawyer and law firm insured by us. We are dedicated to fair and stable premiums, quality coverage, risk management, peer review and passing along the benefits of our successful operations to the lawyers and firms we insure in the form of dividends.

 

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