When you obtain legal representation from an attorney, you expect at the very least that he or she will act with competence and fully uphold all of his or her ethical and fiduciary duties as an attorney. When an attorney breaches any of these fiduciary duties by acting negligently/incompetently or failing to uphold standards under lawyer ethics or the professional code of conduct, a client may have an action for legal malpractice.
If you believe your attorney’s negligence or incompetence directly caused you financial damage or to lose a case, seek the experienced legal malpractice representation at Monsees & Mayer P.C. We will aggressively seek 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. There are also exceptions that may either lengthen or shorten the time permitted to file a lawsuit. Only a lawyer can properly interpret and apply the proper time limit to your case.” Talk to one of our high quality and seasoned attorneys today by calling (866) 774-3233 (Kansas City Office) or (866) 774-3233 (Springfield Office).
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
- Unethical lawyer conduct during discovery period
- Failing to thoroughly investigate during discovery
- Settling without consulting or receiving client’s permission
- Breaching fiduciary duty by looking out for attorney’s best interests rather than client’s
- Breach of attorney-client privilege/confidentiality
- Serious errors in interpreting law
- Mishandling of client’s assets/accounts/attorney’s fees
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