What Are the Most Common Examples of Legal Malpractice?

Posted February 23rd, 2022.

Categories: Blog, Legal Malpractice.

When an attorney acts negligently, clients are often harmed. If you are the victim of legal malpractice, you must retain the service of an experienced and dedicated New Jersey legal malpractice attorney.

To learn more about the most common examples of legal malpractice, continue reading:

What are the most common examples of legal malpractice?

You likely have a valid claim if your attorney’s negligence led to a breach of contract or a breach of fiduciary duty. You will have to prove that your lawyer’s negligent acts resulted in your harm when filing a legal malpractice claim. You will also have to prove that the errors that were made were preventable and ones that any reasonable lawyer would not do.

The most common examples of legal malpractice include the following:

  • Ignoring the client’s wishes
  • Failing to interview crucial witnesses
  • Misapplying the law to the facts of the case
  • Neglecting pre-trial deadlines
  • Failing to provide timely notice of tort claim under federal or state law
  • Negligently delegating work to an inexperienced lawyer without supervising them
  • Failing to address child support liens on settlements
  • Negligently referring work to other lawyers without screening them first.
  • Failing to address doctor’s liens, health care liens, and letters of protection.
  • Ignoring pre-trial discovery opportunities (such as depositions and subpoenas)
  • Misplacing evidence, files, or other important documents
  • Negligently referring work to other law firms or lawyers without the client’s permission.
  • Settling a case without a client’s consent
  • Failing to address workers’ compensation liens on settlements
  • Failing to account for tax consequences of a settlement
  • Making a mathematical error in calculating damages or payoff amounts
  • Failing to respond to the adversary’s discovery requests
  • Failing to serve timely Affidavit or Certificate of Merits in malpractice cases
  • Neglecting to retain an expert witness (or the proper expert witness)
  • Failing to advise a client about insurance considerations

If your attorney has committed any of the above acts, you are likely eligible for compensation by filing a legal malpractice claim. It is important that you retain the services of an experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney who will help right this wrong. Our firm is prepared to fight for your rights in court to hold this attorney accountable for their negligence. To learn more about our firm and how we can assist you with your upcoming claim, do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We are here to help.

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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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