THE EXPANDED ROLE of nurse consultant brings greater responsibility and risk of professional liability in a litigious society. The nurse consultant needs to be aware of the elements that constitute malpractice and be able to plan for the management of risks involved. When purchasing a liability policy, the nurse consultant must consider the practice setting, types of policies, components of the policy, cost, and means to obtain adequate coverage. Other strategies for protection include proper use of the consultant process, client communication, and individualized client contracts. A well-written contract serves as a legal document to delineate responsibilities and outcomes, provide a professional image, and protect against possible negative developments.