When you have been the victim of a lawyer’s negligence in the handling of your legal matter, you may find that it is extremely difficult to find a qualified lawyer to help. Just like doctors, most lawyers are reluctant to become involved in legal malpractice claims against other members of their profession. As a result, you may speak with other lawyers who will tell you privately that you have a strong case, but that they will not handle a legal malpractice case. Legal Malpractice
occurs when a lawyer fails to use proper care in the representation of a client in a legal matter, whether it be an accident case, a corporate contract, a real estate closing, or any other legal proceeding.
To generally determine if you may have been the victim of legal malpractice
, ask yourself if any of the following questions apply to you:
- Did I get sued or lose my case because my lawyer prepared a document incorrectly?
- Was my case dismissed because my lawyer failed to diligently prepare my case?
- Did I lose my case because my lawyer failed to call the proper witnesses or present the proper evidence?
- Did my lawyer miss a time deadline in my case?
- Were there important provisions left out of my divorce settlement agreement?
- Did my lawyer force me to settle out of court instead of going to trial because of inadequate preparation of my case?
- Did my lawyer fail to properly prepare a contract, and I have now lost a substantial amount of money?
It is important to understand that these questions do not cover all of the possible circumstances where legal malpractice can occur. In order for you to be sure whether or not you have such a claim, you must consult with an attorney who is an expert in legal malpractice cases.