A lawyer can commit malpractice by conducting an erroneous public records search, or by failing to conduct a public records search. This includes, for example, errors that occur during a title search, a patent or trademark search, or a U.C.C. search.
In the first scenario, a lawyer conducts a public records search, and a particular item is not disclosed on the public record.
In the second scenario, the lawyer conducts a public records search, and overlooks a relevant item disclosed on the public record. For example, a significant judgment on a title report.
In the third scenario, the lawyer has simply failed to conduct a public records search in a case where a search should have been conducted.
An attorney’s failure in any of these scenarios may lead to a malpractice claim for the damages attributable to the oversight.
If you have been a victim of a lawyer’s error while searching for records, you may have a case of legal malpractice on your hands. For more than 30 years, legal malpractice attorney Mark S. Guralnick has been helping those with their cases against negligent lawyers. We’re ready to hear your case now. Contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today for a no-fee consultation.