What Are My Client Rights in New Jersey?
Posted October 27th, 2022.
Categories: Legal Malpractice.
Generally speaking, as a client, you hold the right to have your attorney treat you with respect, practice confidentiality, and provide you with sufficient information so that you may make informed choices regarding your legal case. And while, on the surface level, you may believe that this right is being fulfilled, it is important that you still look out for warning signs of your attorney acting negligently. Continue reading to learn more about your client rights and how an experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney at The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick can help you fight back against your negligent attorney.
What is the responsibility of my attorney?
When you retain the services of an attorney, you trust that they will meet their duty of care. With this duty of care, your attorney is promising that they will work in your best interests in an effort to achieve a favorable outcome for you. So with this breach in their duty of care comes the breach of your client rights.
What rights do I have as a client in the state of New Jersey?
As insinuated above, you must be sensitive to any indications that your attorney is practicing negligence before it is too late. Such indications include your attorney neglecting to provide you with candid legal advice, regular updates on developments, reasonable predictions as to how your case will pan out, etc. Other indications are as follows:
- Your attorney does not ask for your permission before taking significant action in your case (i.e., settling your case).
- Your attorney does not properly prepare for your upcoming legal proceedings.
- Your attorney does not stay organized and loses some of your important documents.
- Your attorney does not stay organized and misses pre-trial deadlines.
However, if it is too late, your case is over, and you lost as a result of such negligence, you still have a second chance. That is, you may still have a legal malpractice claim on your hands.
What happens if my client rights are violated?
Regardless of the specifics of your legal matter, you are guaranteed certain rights as a client. So when these rights are violated, you must file a legal malpractice claim. This will not only allow you to seek justice but also to seek the financial compensation that you missed out on the first time around. For your legal malpractice claim, we recommend that you hire one of the skilled attorneys from our law firm, located in Cherry Hill. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to ensure that your client rights are met every step of the way. Give us a call today to schedule your free initial consultation.