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New column: foiling dishonest lawyers

Boston attorney Peter Morin and I have collaborated on a new column, posted at right, about a simple way to discourage bad-apple lawyers from exploiting vulnerable clients.

...The simple fix is a rule that goes by the name "payee notification". It would require insurance companies to notify a claimant when they forward a settlement check to claimant's counsel. At a single stroke, the client is made aware of the timing and size of the settlement, taking away most of the leeway a dishonest lawyer has to withhold the client's funds.

Several other states, including California, New York, and Connecticut, have already instituted payee-notification rules, and they have worked well. ... So who would oppose it? Interesting that you should ask. ...



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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