When you obtain legal representation from an attorney, you expect them to act with competence and fully uphold all of his or her ethical and fiduciary duties as an attorney. However, when an attorney breaches any of these fiduciary duties by acting negligently or incompetently, or if they fail to uphold standards of lawyer ethics or the professional code of conduct, you may have a case for legal malpractice.

If you believe your attorney’s negligence or incompetence directly caused you to lose a case or suffer financial damage, seek out the experienced legal malpractice representation of Monsees & Mayer, P.C. We are always determined to get full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Do Not Wait to File Your Claim - There Are Time Limits

All cases have time limits, called “statutes of limitation,” that set deadlines for filing lawsuits. The time limits vary depending on the state and type of claim you are pursuing. Only a lawyer can properly interpret and apply the proper time limit to your case.

Conduct Constituting Legal Malpractice

It is important that potential clients interested in suing for legal malpractice understand what types of conduct generally constitute legal malpractice. Just because you are unhappy with the result of your case or the compensation recovered is not reason enough for malpractice. There must be some action by your attorney that shows negligence or a breach of ethics or professional conduct.

Types of actions that often are considered lawyer malpractice include:

  • Failing to meet filing deadlines or statutes of limitations
  • Failing to attend court hearings
  • Missing deadlines for filing motions
  • Bad legal advice
  • Errors in drafting memos, motions and other legal documents
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Stealing, embezzling, or taking client funds and assets
  • Unethical lawyer conduct before, during, or after trial
    • Or during discovery period
  • Failing to thoroughly investigate during discovery
  • Settling without consulting or receiving client’s permission
  • Breaching fiduciary duty by looking out for the attorney’s best interests rather than the client’s
  • Breach of attorney-client privilege or confidentiality
  • Serious errors in interpreting law
  • Mishandling of client’s assets, accounts, or attorney’s fees

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