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Legal Issues for Physicians

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During medical school and residency, some physicians develop an aversion to dealing with lawyers. The unfortunate reason may be that in the isolated world of clinical training, most talk of medical-legal interaction involves the issue of malpractice.

The truth is that lawyers play an important role on your professional advisory team. Just as a family physician seeks the expert advice of specialist colleagues to assist in patient care, all physicians should seek a lawyer’s expert legal advice on personal and professional issues to protect themselves and their families.

This lesson on legal issues for physicians discusses the importance of finding a good lawyer, how to find one, legal contracts, and reasons why you may need legal advice during the course of your career.

Key Points

  • Finding a good lawyer
  • Contracts
  • Wills
  • Power of attorney
  • Health-care directives
  • Personal legal issues