Legal Malpractice FAQ: What You Need to Know
Posted December 17th, 2019.
Categories: Legal Malpractice.
Individuals who need legal assistance are often at their most vulnerable. That is why it is so important that they retain the legal help of an attorney who is intelligent, knowledgeable of the law, acts with integrity and treats his clients with respect. Fortunately, our country has thousands of attorneys who do just that on a daily basis. However, there are certain attorneys who do not exercise such concerns. When this happens, people feel both enraged and betrayed, which is why they then seek to file legal malpractice lawsuits.
Our firm is here to help you if you are the victim of legal malpractice. To help you get a better understanding of legal malpractice and how it works, we have put together an FAQ below regarding some of the most commonly-asked questions regarding legal malpractice. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced legal malpractice attorney to learn more:
How do I win a legal malpractice lawsuit?
To win a legal malpractice lawsuit, you will need an attorney who can prove that the original lawyer owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care by negligent or careless actions, that the breach, therefore, caused you harm and significant financial loss. Additionally, you would have to prove that had the original attorney not been so careless, you would have won the initial case.
Do lawyers have to stay confidential?
Lawyers have a duty of confidentiality to each of their clients, which means they are forbidden from sharing any information their client has provided them with. Generally, you may sue an attorney for breaching confidentiality.
Can I sue an attorney for a conflict of interest?
Yes, you can. Attorneys are not permitted to have conflicts of interests, however, there are times when a conflict of interest can be hard to determine–these lawsuits are not always clear-cut, so it is always best you hire an experienced legal malpractice defense attorney to help.
What should I do if I receive a bill from my lawyer that was higher than what he initially told me?
The first thing you must do is reach out to your lawyer and ask for an explanation of your fee arrangement. If the explanation seems unreasonable, you may try negotiating for a more feasible price, however, you may find that your only option is to sue the attorney for a refund.
Can I sue an attorney for failing to answer phone calls?
Attorneys are legally obligated to keep you in the loop regarding all aspects of your case. However, attorneys are busy, which is why generally, you cannot sue one for failing to answer a call. However, it should be noted that usually, when attorneys do not answer phone calls, it is a good sign that they are unprofessional.
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.