Can You Sue a Lawyer For Committing Fraud?
Posted September 17th, 2019.
Categories: Legal Malpractice.
Attorneys are expected to perform with honesty, integrity, and to the best of their ability. Fortunately, this is usually the case. Generally, your attorney will be dedicated, competent, and fighting on your side, 100%. However, sometimes this is not the case, and attorneys behave negligently, or sometimes even downright maliciously. In some rare cases, attorneys will purposefully falsify or lie about key information pertaining to your case. This is unacceptable, and these attorneys must be held accountable at all costs. While understandably, the last thing you want to do is hire another lawyer, it is your best option to hold the negligent party accountable for their behavior.
However, this time, you must hire an attorney you can trust. We take pride in representing those who have been wronged. If you need an attorney who will honestly and aggressively fight in your corner, at all times, then do not hesitate to reach out to our firm. We will help you recover the financial compensation you need to bring the negligent party to justice and to get back on your feet. Please read on to learn more about some specific examples of fraudulent activity.
The American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct states that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to “engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.” As such, lawyers are prohibited from submitting false evidence and engaging in any sort of dishonest behavior, both in and outside of the courtroom. Some of the ways in which an attorney can commit fraud are as follows:
- Misrepresenting the law
- Misrepresenting expenses, court costs, or fees
- Misappropriating settlement funds or paid judgments
- Lying to a client about why he or she did not receive full payment of their rightful share of funds.
- Providing you with false credentials to persuade you to hire him or her.
- Making fraudulent, non-fulfilled promises
- Fraudulently assuring you he or she was working on your case when he or she was not
- Lying about failure-to-disclose court conferences and hearings
- Fraudulent failure to reveal major milestones in the case
- Misrepresenting the settlement offer to sway the client to take a higher or lower figure
- Fraudulently concealing records or letters provided by the opposing side
- Fraudulently concealing court orders or other court documents
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