Legislative Alert: Professional Malpractice Legislation
The New Jersey State Bar Association needs your help to advance an important piece of legislation that will benefit professionals, including lawyers, across the entire state, regardless of area of practice or size of firm.
Assembly Bill 1254 (Prieto) would require that civil actions alleging professional malpractice be brought within two years, as is the case with other civil actions generally. Thus, it would standardize professional malpractice for lawyers, doctors, accountant, architects, engineers and all professionals, while protecting the rights of victims of malpractice by preserving the discovery rule for individuals who discover problems after two years.
Passage of this legislation would eliminate two of the primary sources that make New Jersey among the costliest states in the region to write malpractice policies by not only reducing the statute of limitations, but also eliminating certain attorney’s fees, so-called Saffer fees, for bringing malpractice claims. It would also bring New Jersey’s policies in line with neighboring states.
The NJSBA is committed to moving this legislation forward, but we need your help. To help pass this measure before the end of this legislative session, please contact the General Assembly Speaker to urge the bill’s consideration and enactment.
Please feel free to contact the NJSBA’s government affairs office at 732-937-7512 to add your voice to the NJSBA’s effort and receive updates about the bill’s progress.
Click here to read the NJSBA Position Statement.
Click here to read the Burlington County Bar Association's resolution supporting A1254.
Click here to read Middlesex County Bar Association's support of A1254.
New Jersey Lawyers
If you are a New Jersey attorney please use one of the following links to e-mail your legislator.