How Do I Sue a Lawyer for Neglecting to Address a Lien?

Posted January 21st, 2020.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

Once a lawyer wins a settlement, he must then consider all outstanding liens his client has. A lien, simply put, is a payment that must be made to retain possession of a property belonging to another person of which you are indebted to. Once the debt to the person is discharged, the client can keep the rest of his or her settlement. Failing to pay off all liens after a settlement is won can be detrimental to clients’ financial well-being, which is the exact opposite of what a personal injury attorney is supposed to allow.

Though an attorney failing to pay off a lien, either out of forgetfulness, or out of sheer malice, is disturbing and aggravating, to say the least, our firm is here to help right your attorney’s wrongs. If your attorney has failed to pay off a lien and you have suffered financial hardships as a result, you must read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney today to learn more about how our firm can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Are there different types of liens?

Of the several types of liens, the ones we see most frequently include the following:

  • Child support liens: These are when a client has certain obligations detailed in terms of his or her child support agreement. Therefore, if this person gets injured, hires a personal injury attorney and wins a personal injury claim, New Jersey law states that a given amount of that compensation received must go either to that client’s former spouse or to the state child support collection agency.
  • Doctor’s liens: People oftentimes have to pay doctor’s liens when medical providers or services impose those liens against the proceeds of personal injury cases
  • Medicaid/Medicare liens: Oftentimes, personal injury attorneys are required by law to pay back their clients’ Medicaid and Medicare liens for the money expended on federally-subsidized healthcare treatment for their injuries.

Attorneys are also responsible for addressing workers’ compensation liens and letters of protection. If this has happened to you, then you must take legal action and hire an experienced legal malpractice attorney firm that can help you attain the justice you deserve. Fortunately, you have just found that firm in the Law Office of Mark S. Guralnick.

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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