Your attorney should be the conduit between you and the legal system. Not only is your attorney obligated to be truthful, but they must also handle your case with your best interests in mind. Additionally, you attorney is required to represent you in a manner that meets a certain professional standard of care. What that means is that your attorney must be competent and prepared at a minimum. When your attorney acts in a negligent, unethical or fraudulent manner, you may be entitled to damages in a legal malpractice lawsuit. Here are the 5 most common legal malpractice scenarios to illustrate what your attorney can and cannot do when representing you.
What happens if your attorney encourages you to settle even though you may have a good chance winning at trial and securing a large payout? If your attorney knowingly misrepresents the strength of your case or fraudulently induces you to settle, then you could potentially file a legal malpractice claim against them.
Hiring an attorney to represent you in a legal matter means that a trained professional will be steering the ship that is your case. But what happens if the captain of that ship is asleep at the wheel? If your attorney misses a deadline, then you might lose your case. Fortunately, in that situation, you may be entitled to compensation by virtue of a legal malpractice claim. Here’s more on how missed deadlines can result in a legal malpractice claim, and what you can do if your attorney’s incompetence results in financial harm to you
It is widely understood that lawyers represent many different clients from all walks of life. However, as much as a lawyer might like, they can’t represent everyone. What you may not know is that the law has strict guidelines that lawyers must follow when deciding who they can represent – and lawyers who don’t abide by those guidelines face serious consequences . . .
Consider that you have been wrongfully charged with a criminal offense. You hire an attorney and the case ultimately goes to trial. Due to your lawyer’s incompetence, you are found guilty and convicted. You hire a new lawyer, and on appeal, your conviction is thrown out. Because of all the turmoil caused by your criminal case, you now sue your initial lawyer for legal malpractice . . .