My Attorney Lost My File. Is He Guilty of Legal Malpractice?

Posted March 23rd, 2022.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

Many people hire attorneys to help them with their legal issues every day, and typically, these cases are resolved without real issue. Unfortunately, there are times when attorneys can be careless or downright negligent. When they are, it almost always hurts the outcome of their client’s case. One of the most common ways in which attorneys ruin their clients’ cases is, rather surprisingly, by simply losing their files. Losing a client’s file is inexcusable, but unfortunately, it’s something that actually happens way more frequently than it should. If your attorney lost your file and hurt the outcome of your case as a result, you’re most likely wondering if he or she is guilty of legal malpractice. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey legal malpractice attorney to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Do I have a valid legal malpractice claim if my attorney lost my file and lost my case?

Let’s say you had a personal injury claim and your attorney lost your file, thereby forgetting altogether about your claim, missing a deadline, or losing critical evidence pertaining to the circumstances of your injury. If this happens and you lose your right to compensation as a direct result of your attorney’s negligence, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid legal malpractice claim.

How long am I allowed to wait to file a legal malpractice case in New Jersey?

The statute of limitations for legal malpractice claims in New Jersey is, in most cases, six years from the date of the conduct occurring that caused you to lose your case. Though six years may sound like a lot of time, the truth is, it’s always best to act swiftly. Waiting any longer than six years will result in you losing your right to sue. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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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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