Ethics Violations and Legal Malpractice | What is the Difference?

Posted February 2nd, 2022.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

A common question asked about legal malpractice is “What is the difference between an ethics violation and legal malpractice?” To discover the answer to this question and the difference between the two, read on and reach out to our New Jersey legal malpractice attorney.

Our legal team at the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is prepared to assist you with your upcoming claim, no matter the case. Give our firm a call today to learn more about how we can help. We are looking forward to hearing from you. To discover the difference between an ethics violation and legal malpractice, continue reading:

What is the difference between an ethics violation and legal malpractice?

Legal malpractice: Legal malpractice is defined as negligence, a breach of contract, or a breach of fiduciary duty by an attorney, resulting in the harm of their client.

Ethics violation: An ethics violation is something that violates a company’s documented code of ethics, missions, vision, and culture.

An ethics violation does not mean that you have grounds for a legal malpractice case. However, some ethics violations are valid reasons for an attorney to be removed from the bar.

Ethics violation examples include attorneys ignoring a client’s calls or emails, failing to notify a client of a settlement payment, and more. Each of these acts is a reprehensive form of behavior for an attorney.

Failure to honestly and efficiently assist their clients through the legal process can be considered a breach of their duty of care. However, the difference between an ethics violation and legal malpractice is that the individual will have to prove that their attorney’s negligence caused them to sustain significant damages in order to win a legal malpractice claim.

You will be required to prove that if it wasn’t for your attorney in question’s negligence, you would have won your case. This can be done with the assistance of a knowledgeable and skilled legal malpractice attorney in your corner. Reach out to our legal malpractice firm to learn more about how we can assist you with this process ahead. Our firm has assisted countless individuals to file their legal malpractice claims. We are prepared to do the same for you. Give our legal team a call today to schedule your initial consultation. You do not need to proceed on your own. We are here to help.

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The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is an experienced and committed legal team for clients throughout the state of New Jersey. Our team effectively serves victims of legal malpractice. If you require the services of a dedicated attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today for a free consultation.

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