Legal malpractice policies usually provide coverage for claims that arise from ''wrongful acts'' committed when providing legal services and provide both indemnification coverage and claims-expense coverage. Covered acts also include a variety of services regularly provided by lawyers as offshoots of their practices, such as:
Insurance attorneys may be self-employed or may work as partners in law firms. Educational requirements for insurance attorneys necessitate one to have a four year college degree, and three years in law school. In addition, one is required to pass a written bar exam although this requirement may differ according to regions. There is stiff competition for students wishing to enter law school as well as law graduates wishing to secure attorney jobs.
Insurance defense firms represent a group of attorneys who are closely controlled by their clients. A survey was made of claims officers of major U.S. casualty insurance companies. It indicated that the amount of fees charged was an important factor in the selection of outside counsel, but that records on past cases and timeliness of responses to inquiries were more important.