Frequently Asked Legal Malpractice Questions
Posted April 14th, 2020.
Categories: Legal Malpractice.
There are few things worse than hiring an attorney for assistance with a legal matter, only to have that attorney make your situation worse. Unfortunately, this happens more than you may think. Please read on and reach out to our legal malpractice attorney to learn more about legal malpractice and how our firm can help you if you are a victim of it.
Are attorneys legally obligated to keep conversations confidential?
Every attorney has what is known as a duty of confidentiality to every client, which essentially means that they are legally bound to never share any information their client has shared. If you believe your attorney breached confidentiality, you will most likely have a valid legal malpractice lawsuit.
How do I sue an attorney?
To successfully sue an attorney, you will have to prove that the attorney in question owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and that you sustained significant financial damages as a result. Furthermore, you must demonstrate that had the attorney in question not acted negligently, you would have won the case.
Can I sue an attorney for ignoring my phone calls?
Though failing to respond to a client’s phone call is both unethical and just plain rude, the truth is, attorneys have very busy schedules, and in most cases, you may not sue an attorney for failing to answer a call. That being said, your attorney is legally bound to keep you updated regarding your case whenever news occurs.
Can I sue a lawyer for having a conflict of interest?
Though the term “conflict of interest” is difficult to determine, in terms of legal malpractice, if you have a valid case, you should be able to sue a negligent attorney for having a conflict of interest, as long as you can prove it negatively affected the outcome of your case.
What should I do if my attorney bills me for more than he initially promised?
First, you should contact your lawyer and ask him/her to explain the fee arrangement. If the explanation does not make sense or seems dishonest in some way, you can try to negotiate a better deal. In some cases, it may even be that your attorney simply made a mistake and quickly fixes it once you bring it to his attention. However, if you believe your attorney has wrongly billed you, you should hire a legal malpractice attorney to sue the initial attorney for a refund.
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