How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Legal Malpractice Claim in New Jersey?

Posted April 6th, 2022.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

If you’re someone who sought the help of an attorney to guide you through a pressing legal matter, such as a serious injury or to fight off a criminal charge, only to find your attorney made the situation worse, you may be wondering if you can hold your attorney accountable. Fortunately, in many cases, you can, through what’s known as a legal malpractice claim. Please continue reading and contact a competent New Jersey legal malpractice attorney from the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick to learn more about these claims and how we can help you bring one against your attorney. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What constitutes a valid legal malpractice claim & how can I file one?

To win a legal malpractice claim, you are required to prove several things. They are as follows:

  1. There existed an attorney-client relationship. Simply put, this means that you hired the attorney in question to represent you.
  2. Your attorney breached his or her duty to provide you with skillful and competent representation.
  3. This breach of duty was the direct cause of you losing your case.
  4. You incurred a significant financial loss as a result of the breach of duty.

Checking all four of these boxes isn’t always easy, which is why you should always proceed with a competent and aggressive legal malpractice lawyer in your corner. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place, and our firm is here to help.

How long can I wait to file a legal malpractice claim against my attorney in New Jersey?

Here in New Jersey, the statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims is, in most cases, six years. This means you have, at most, six years from the date the incident of legal malpractice occurred to bring a lawsuit against your negligent attorney. Our firm is prepared to initiate the process on your behalf today–you just need to pick up the phone and give us a call. Remember, waiting any longer than this timeframe will typically result in you losing your right to bring a claim forever.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

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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