Just like everyone else attorneys can be sued, sometimes by their own former clients. These cases cover negligence by the attorney, a breach of fiduciary duty owed to the client or a breach of contract with the client. Like any other kind of lawsuit you should find the right attorney for this type of case who you have confidence in and who you feel comfortable with handling your case.
A lawyer needs to make many decisions while involved in a legal case. Legal malpractice doesn't necessarily occur when, in hindsight, the wrong decision was made. Types of situations were a legal malpractice claim may be appropriate can include,
● Missed deadlines, lack of preparation or failing to follow court orders.
● Having a conflict of interest with another client, using your money for the attorney's personal use or settling a case for less than it's worth without your permission.
● Failing to take some action to protect your interests that the attorney promised to do in the representation agreement.
If you've gotten a raw deal from a prior attorney you may be very wary of hiring another. That's perfectly understandable and you should be proactive in asking questions to make sure an attorney is able to fully represent you, can do the job well, can be trusted and who will provide you personal, professional service.
Relatively few attorneys take legal malpractice cases. Helping clients with these cases is part of our practice. We understand trust is earned by our work and our approach to cases and to our clients. We talk to potential clients, review their prior cases to see what went wrong and litigate legal malpractice claims of all kinds against attorneys who practice in all types of civil law (not criminal cases). We keep in touch with our clients, answer their questions and promptly return phone calls.
If you think you're the victim of legal malpractice contact our office so we can talk about what happened, why you think your former attorney committed malpractice, how the law may apply and what your best options are to protect your rights and interests.