5 Tips For Attorneys Turned Claims Investigators

Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT) -- Insurers often ask attorneys to step outside of the realm of providing legal advice and jump into the role of claims handler, creating a precarious situation where lawyers may wind up losing their attorney-client privilege.

Courts across the country have held that communications between an attorney and an insurer cannot always be shielded from discovery in legal battles with policyholders claiming their carrier has breached a contract or acted in bad faith.

Insurer-side attorneys should expect policyholders to insist that there's no attorney-client or work-product privilege...
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