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11 Fla. B. News 1 (1984)

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  Company- wil beome, giec
  LPonger B ar-endorsed carrier

  By Judson H   Orrick                                                                                                 Culverhouse, Crooms said.
  A~twiawtM . or .President Henry explains LPLIC                                               situation                 The legal malpractice insurance market is
    Following a recommendation from the                                                                                very competitive, today. Crooms said-
  Special Committee on Professional Liabil-                                                                            considerably different from the market five
  ity, the Executive Committee voted to     Over the past six months, the Special Committee on Professional Liability has been  years ago.
  withdraw The Florida Bar'sendorsement of meeting to discuss The Florida Br'es role In ensurlig that professional liability coverage is  When we came into the market there was
                                          available to its members. .The committee has' determined ;that several companies are
  Lawyers' Professional Liability Insurance,  currently writing professional liability business in Florida and advertise regularly In The  only one other company writing lawyers'
  lnc.,'December.15.    .                 Florida Bar member publications...                                           professional, liability insurance.. Last year
    LPLIC President Stan Crooms said the    During Its deliberationscthe committee.and an independent consultant analyzed and  there were eight carriers writing. Now there
  companyhas stopped writing lawyers' mal- discus'sed the ac tivi esof the Bar's currentiyendorsed carrderLawyerV' PFofessional Liability  are probably six companies actively writing,
  practice insurance, and will withdraw from  insurance Company. At a meeting on December-15-reu'resentatiVes'of LPLIC could not  Crooms said.
  the marketaspliciesnow in force expire. answer, to the commlttee's'sa!jpfaction;'iuestions relating to LPLIC's present condition and  The company has enjoyed a very positive
  .But thc'company will; continue to'sell future plans. TjiereforetheF-iecutiveC6mmlttee of TherFlorddaBar;'upon the recommenda-  relationship with the Bar, Crooms said. He
  professional liabilityinsurance in the state as  tion of the special cohifittee. has withdrawn its endorsement of LPLIC.
        ...    ..a l y iLPLIC was created in-1979 In response to a crisis Inliability :rotection developing in         hopes the relationship can continue when
  an agency, rathiestan a' carrier..Crooms Florida. Most ,,companies writing,profeslonal liability insurance at that time were with-  LPLIC has advised The Florida ar
  said. He'iIplans would not be' flin until  drawing from theFlorida market, or requiring very high premiums. LPLIC agreed to provide
  the .Cbmnjanymet  vnith' state isuranice.  coverage at reasonable premlumsand'in addition made a commitment to The Florida Bar to  that all of Its obligations will bernet.
  officials 'to discuss LPLIC'S withdrawal stay in thoiamke.,for, at least five years. During the five years, the company's premiums  Insureds will be receiving a letter from
  from the market.                        remained'compoltlve while Its losses climbed to the point where premium requirements put  the president of LPLIC explaining the
    LPLIC 'was created in 1979. The St.   LPLICInano      eitive status.
  Ptesburg.biied ' ompany currently has     LPLIChasadvlyheFlorda Bar thatalofits obllgations will be met. Those Insured with  ComPmy' position In future plan.
  2,27f oislicies in force, covering about 5,000  LPLIC will be reeiviig  a letter from the president of LPLIC explaining the company's  the company becomes an agency. We plan
  lawyers. .              '               position In future plans .                                                   to come right back and seek the Bar's
                                  Crooms epl d wn  During the nextseveral monthsthespecialcommitteewill be meeting to considerwhat role  endorsement. But even if we don't get the
   Crooms epained why the €ork m it' s    The Florida Br should have In seeing that the needs of the profession and the public are met   e  w wu  c n tm
   wmwit   n    the marKet It'pre.ty     In this area.l.. '.                           .endorsement, we would continue to main-
   simple. Af r five yra.rsiwe've deteimined                                                                           tain the quality of service and openness that
                'i44           h,.William 0. E. Henry,
  that. we  ii  -inpete.   ith (he large                                                         William - E. H        we've had in the past.
  c:rrie'a'.  'tlh braokerage 'side of- the                                                        'ldnt,               Whether the Bar will endorse another
  hoikJ 'll be briisiiina nothercarrer.                                                          The-Florida           company is a question that the special
  Until we can getaproduct tliit's competitive,                                                 -  -                  committee will.continue to. study.' Bar
  weca.n't wite any busifne.        -       We're. not leaving -the market, Crooms.  Crooms aqd -Joe-Holloway, presidentof  President.BillHenry,who appointed the


  ,. neyOiverthe ast two yars. So it's just a. !ennsylvabia,,and d.hi,  rooms, funtion-from: th   company's: pnncpal , have insengttthe ni~eds oftieprofesion
  decision.            -sd                        ---                       stockholder, Jacksonvillef lawyer Hugh and the public are met in'thearea.

SP~ections showBar spending: $8.... ..                                    . . ,              .:,.8million_ in'84-'85

    The .dget,0 Cmmittee for 1984-85 will forthentfiscalyearandestimatedincome  example.                               BoardofGovernors know immediatelywhat
  .mectJaiiuryJS,and7at Barhadqarters thoe prorms iwill produce. ;This is the Th  cost ilocatjon process was devel- each Bar program costs.
  ,n.Tallh .s o'reviw a propsed budget. :second yer.oveu.h.ad. cost hamve been.: oped upon ,rcomme ndlations ofourauditors  Harknss said the 5 percent increase in the
  prepiredby sctios anid committees and  all ocat.,fto r w~mand tbnrirstime . ianda. 1979 C-oopers&'Lybrand study of the  proposed .budget: occurs because of the
  Th lori Barsaff   ,      d 1J .-.'   the 'ost -. dded. i n protinn mnbudgets• iBar~hbud etingind.iporting procedures,  inflated cost of doing business, an increase
    l. :prelimi.mary budget shows:.projected .,wheniniid.jtolm-uiget C0.mmit ee:i Execuiv ,Director: John F. Harkness, Jr., of 1,800 new. mcmbers to provide services
  revenue of 0S8,40I,O000, or 5470,000 short of. Support g'6't i _Da'pjrint shop..maili~ng  .aid.,.:  i.. ,.       for, and five. nw staff' positons in the
  •meetm$g'the :proJected disb~ursments of  departmcnt -co.mPoterdepartment, builing , Tht.,tudy said the Budlget C~ommittee  .grievance department. '
  $87. 2,OQ ,ilniing 'fuadx batlance from - and ground..-'and othier 4upport~fuc0ins,  should;be charged' specifically, with .the  A recent report to the Board of Governors
  the l98344fiscal.year is.' ex'pected 'to be $1.1 was distribnt toteprogr.ams expense., responsibility.of ealuating progra.ms in the revealedltha.tg8rievancecomplaints increased
  million upo0n which th. Budget Committee The'effetofhisailocationo0fcostsisthat  conteXtopfi a j.ive-y.ar plan and the financial  180 percenL in the'past five yearswhile staff
  can drawfor next rual year's fhortfaill no program'ijs-entirely.,self-supporting,: capabii o.Tei'lon.da.Barlto fund them. levels remained the same.
  For fihe past two nmonth BDtrdepartment Continuing legal educatio'n progrms' pro.  Accbr~in ',jto l.itkness, this year's cost  The Tampa branch office for discipline
  heads have compiled .theilr program needs  ject 'a loss o0f approximately $200,000; for' .alocatIbnr will hl'.p the committee and the '/  (Please see.Dudget, page 1.5)
                                          Bar-backedsummay dl' uionlrUle

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                                           •Th'e Florida Supreme Court anindedthe:. comments on the. rule until February 15.  r n    o      lrd
                                           Rules of .Civil Proceure DecemberStO 8 Tlhe simpliidissolution procedure was  Bar presidency
                                     allow childless couple, withno disputed    poosed by -ile Sureme Court' Mat-                        ..
                                     o.   property to dissolvtheir maraige.by filingiu menial Law Commission and .Th Florida         .             -
                                         a one-page for and making a brief court -  Bar. Filed in Maya 1982 thieproposalifollo~wed  Michael 0. Plunkett of Berkeley, Califor-
                                         appearance. The amendment will take effect  the court's 1979 direction that the:Bar find  nia, became thfirst out-of-state Florida Bar
                                         March I.    .. h r I I                  waysof makincour s more accessible to  member ever torun for he office of presi-
                                           •Designed :to .help: people get divorced  those  who, cannot :afford l~wyrs (The  dent-elect when his nominating petition was
                                           without lawyers, Rule ..l611(c) will require  'Florida B&r v. :Furman, 376 So.2d 378).  received at Bar headquarters December 16.
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                                         petitionersto certify that their marriage is  Inthe 43 opinion adopting the new rule,  The ponras s y   m
                                         irretrievably broken; they have no chiidten,  Justice Ben Overton,  chairman of the  The Florida Bar,many of whom reside in
                                         the wife is not pregnant,:their joint p~roperty,  Matrimonial Law  Commission, said, We  Florida.              '
                                      rhasbeendividedtobothparties'stisfaction, find-thatitis this cot's responibility to An effort by the News to reach Plunkett
                                         dres. nih stafy,.igned the petition under  implement simplified court procedures if  by telephone was unsuccessful as this issue
                                         duress.' ,    .  .   .      ..   '   they reduce .legal: costs and make courts  of the News went to press. More information
                                           Tlieymust also certify that one party has . more accessile :to Florida citizens, protect about' the candidate will be published in the
                                         resided ini'.Floridifor at least six •months,' the' rightsf'cit.fns in'the 'dispouitioni. of  January 1 isstue. .e
                                         The resideic y 'must be corroborated by a  disputes, iprotct the public interest in such  Plunkett is the third candidate in the 1984-
                                      party's affidavit.                        proceedings, and are consistent.with the' 85 race for president-elect. William Trickel.
                                      The short form also allows the wife to    statutolawin theareaaddressed. The rule Jr., of Orlando, and Patrick G. Emmanuel
                                        ''restore her maiden name. amendment adopted here. ..meets these               of Pensacola announced their candidacies
                                        tThe full rule appears a     xs an official notice  criteria.  Pleasesee  pro  in t e v some months ago.
                                          on page 5 of this News. The court will accept  ,. .Pleuveee.1ulgn , page 1)
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