Are you a member of the public wishing to make a claim against a lawyer?
The Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) manages the insurance program for Alberta lawyers. Similar to malpractice insurance, the program, better known as the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Exchange (ALIEX) provides professional liability insurance to Alberta lawyers.
Quick facts about ALIA/ALIEX:
- Professional liability insurance ensures lawyers are protected if they are liable for negligence and ensures that clients receive the compensation they are entitled to.
- ALIEX, run by ALIA is an insurance exchange that provides professional liability insurance for all practicing lawyers in Alberta. ALIEX provides lawyers with a reliable and permanent source of insurance.
- Every Alberta lawyer in private practice must purchase the mandatory insurance coverage. Excess coverage is voluntary and provided by the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association.
Find out more about the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association from our ALIA Financial Reports.
Making a Claim
If you have suffered a financial loss from working with your lawyer or as a consequence of the services provided by your lawyer, you may be entitled to make a claim.
If the loss was due to theft or negligence by your lawyer, please read How to Make a Claim.
If you need assistance or want to discuss your loss, please contact:
Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association
Suite 500, 919 11 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1P3
403.229.4716 or 1.800.661.1694
Email ALIA(general ALIA mailbox)
Notifying ALIA of a claim does not stop or extend the deadline by which you must start a lawsuit to keep the claim "alive". The Alberta Limitations Act governs limitation dates. Depending on circumstances, the deadline may be as little as two years from when the lawyer performed the legal work.
You may wish to hire a lawyer as ALIA cannot provide you with legal advice.
The personal information collected from you will be used by ALIA for one or more purposes contemplated by the Legal Profession Act, the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta, the Code of Professional Conduct, or a resolution of the Board of Directors (Benchers) and will be accessible to all departments of the Law Society of Alberta. The information may be used or disclosed by ALIA, now or in the future, for regulatory purposes including Law Society of Alberta investigations and proceedings. ALIA may contact you to obtain additional information, or to obtain clarification on the information provided. Should you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this information, please contact the Privacy Officer.