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Why are you entering into a joint venture?

An owner of a small engineering firm recently asked us to review a joint venture agreement for issues of insurability. When we spoke, he was unable to adequately explain why he and this other party were forming a joint venture as opposed to providing services in a more traditional arrangement with a prime design professional … Continue reading

Instilling confidence in your client about your services

When managing a project, it is important that you demonstrate to the client that you are knowledgeable and in control of the services that you are providing. The modern workplace, however, is increasingly filled with constant interruptions, rapid fire communications, and an uninterrupted flow of information that may or may not relate to your various … Continue reading

What’s my role regarding job-site safety?

Design firms are sometimes unclear as to their role regarding safety at a job site. Certainly design firms have responsibility for the safety of their employees, but what about the safety of contractors? In determining a design professional’s responsibility for a worker’s injury, the courts will consider the obligations established by contract and the ability … Continue reading

What’s your policy on Google Glass?

Confidentiality concerns constitute one of the biggest risks to a professional services firm. While often a business exposure or contractual obligation, the need to keep client information confidential also can transform into a professional liability claim depending on the circumstance. And now early-adopters in design firms could be coming to work with Google Glass wearable … Continue reading

Sign up for Schinnerer’s fall webinars

It’s not too late to sign up for one of our fall webinars. We have spaces available for both webinars listed below. Invitation is limited to current insureds and brokers. Firms and brokers can register online using the registration codes below. Fiduciary Obligation: What Does it Mean and How Is it Created? Date: September 10, … Continue reading

Does your risk increase if you aren’t retained during construction?

Your client wants to save money and opts not to pay for your involvement during the construction phase of the project. Does this increase your risk? Absolutely! It increases your risk as well as your client’s. Construction documents are never 100% complete and accurate. If you’re not involved during the construction phase, you lose the … Continue reading