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SAN FRANCISCO � After leaders of the State Bar of California announced last year that they might require lawyers to tell clients if they don’t carry malpractice insurance, complaints began pouring in. Some attorneys said the financial costs could drive them out of business. Others worried about encouraging malpractice suits by their own clients. And many believed that attorneys who disclose a lack of insurance would be unfairly branded as less professional. As it turns out, their concerns were heard, but they might not like the results. Members of the State Bar of California’s Insurance Disclosure Task Force were expected last week to recommend that the proposal be tweaked to address some smaller complaints, but they’re not backing off their insistence that disclosure is the right way to go. “What the task force has done won’t cause opponents to change their minds,” said its chairman, James Towery. “We understand that.” “But we want them to know that the task force has been listening and has made some changes that make the proposal better,” Towery said. Critics are already speaking out, calling the proposed revisions � which mostly make wording changes or delete some smaller obligations � purely cosmetic.

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