SB 1247 Includes certain pro bono attorneys in legal expense fund
Sponsor:Dougherty Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:3581L.05T Fiscal Note:3581-05
Committee:Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:07/09/04 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Title:HCS SCS SB 1247
Effective Date:August 28, 2004
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SCS/SB 1247 - This act modifies the legal expense fund to include any licensed attorney in this state that practices law for no compensation at or through a tax exempt nonprofit community social services center, or through any agency of any federal, state, or local government. The aggregate of any payments from the legal expense fund shall be limited to a maximum of $500,000 for all claims based upon the same act or acts alleged in a single cause and shall not exceed $500,000 for any one claimant. All payments from insurance policies purchased by the state relating to the legal expense fund shall also be limited to $500,000.

Liability or malpractice insurance possessed by an attorney shall not be considered available for payment of a claim to the extent that the legal expense fund is required to make payment. However, an attorney may obtain liability or malpractice insurance for coverage of claims or judgments for amounts that exceed the maximum coverage of the legal expense fund.

The Attorney General shall promulgate rules regarding contract procedure and the documentation of legal practice for attorneys covered by this act.

This act is similar to SB 284 (2003).