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Making a Financial Claim

Making a Financial Claim

The Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) provides claims management services to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories (LSNT).  ALIA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Law Society of Alberta, created to manage the insurance program for Alberta lawyers. Every lawyer in private practice in the NWT must hold mandatory insurance coverage provided by, the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association.  In the NWT, these claims are managed through ALIA.

Making a Claim

If you believe you have suffered a financial loss from working with your lawyer or as a consequence of the services provided by your lawyer, due to negligence or theft, you may be entitled to make a claim.

How to make a Claim

To make a claim, you may write a letter to ALIA including the following:

  • Name of Lawyer and law firm
  • Lawyer’s file number (if you know it) 
  • The legal service (i.e. service of house, divorce, injury claim)
  • Date of service
  • What you think the lawyer did wrong
  • How that resulted in financial loss to you
  • Documentation and explanation of financial loss
  • Your address and daytime phone number

Please send your letter via email to alia@lawsociety.ab.ca, or by regular mail to; 500, 919-11Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 1P3.

If ALIA receives a letter from you, they will investigate you claim. This will take a minimum of several weeks. ALIA or their insurance defence counsel will then contact you or your new lawyer.

ALIA cannot give you legal advice. Although you are not required to hire a lawyer to represent you in presenting your claim, we recommend and encourage you to do so.  If you start a lawsuit, counsel will represent the lawyer(s) and defend the lawsuit. There may also be settlement negotiations.

ALIA may contact you to obtain additional information, or to obtain clarification on the information you provided. Should you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this information, please contact us at alia@lawsociety.ab.ca or (403) 229-4716.