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Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct

COMMENTS

Comment - Rule 1.4

Subsection (c) does not apply to lawyers in government practice or lawyers employed as in-house counsel.

Lawyers may use the following language in making the disclosures required by this rule:

(1) no insurance: “Alaska Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4(c) requires that you, as the client, be informed in writing if a lawyer does not have malpractice insurance of at least $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate and if, at any time, a lawyer’s malpractice insurance drops below these amounts or a lawyer’s malpractice insurance coverage is terminated. You are therefore advised that (name of attorney or firm) does not have malpractice insurance coverage of at least $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate.”

(2) insurance below amounts: “Alaska Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4(c) requires that you, as the client, be informed in writing if a lawyer does not have malpractice insurance of at least $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate and if, at any time, a lawyer’s malpractice insurance drops below these amounts or a lawyer’s malpractice insurance coverage is terminated. You are therefore advised that (name of attorney or firm)’s malpractice insurance has dropped below at least $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate.”

(3) insurance terminated: “Alaska Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4(c) requires that you, as the client, be informed in writing if a lawyer does not have malpractice insurance of at least $100,000 per claim and $300,000 annual aggregate and if, at any time, a lawyer’s malpractice insurance drops below these amounts or a lawyer’s malpractice insurance coverage is terminated. You are therefore advised that (name of attorney or firm)’s malpractice insurance has been terminated.”