What Classifies as a Deceptive Trade Practice?

Posted November 26th, 2019.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

If you have recently hired an attorney who has intentionally mislead you in some way, causing you to suffer damages, there is a very good chance you will be able to sue that attorney. All false or deceptive advertisements or unfair consumer practices, known as deceptive trade practice acts, are subject to severe penalties from the Federal Trade Commission. Fortunately, with the help of an attorney, you may be able to attain the justice you deserve as well. Please read on and reach out to our experienced legal malpractice firm to learn more about how we can help.

What are some examples of deceptive trade practices?

There are several ways in which an attorney can behave deceptively and injure or harm a client as a result. They are as follows:

  • Selling, administering, providing, or acquiring any property to advance a scheme
  • Mailing unsolicited billing statements, invoices, or any other documents that provoke the client to pay for services of which the client did not ask the attorney to perform, or for which the attorney was not hired
  • Making any statement or publishing any advertisement that is likely to cause confusion or misinterpretation regarding the sponsorship, approval, or certification of his or her legal services
  • Misrepresenting or lying about the cost of his or her legal services
  • Scheming to collect money or property from clients by false pretenses or dishonest and knowingly untrue promises
  • Employing dishonest descriptions or classifications of geographic origin services
  • Untruthfully stating or advertising that his or her services have sponsorship, approval, or benefits that they do not have. For example, it is usually a red flag when an attorney guarantees that you will win a lawsuit, or that he or she “knows the judge.”

How can I hold an attorney accountable for a deceptive trade practice?

With the right attorney in your corner, you may hold your previous dishonest attorney accountable for his or her actions. Individuals in this situation may seek justice via administrative, civil, and criminal penalties. Additionally, courts may conduct ethical and disciplinary proceedings that, if successful, may prevent the attorney from practicing law altogether, thereby saving other potential victims of his or her deceptiveness. If you have been financially harmed at the hands of a deceptive attorney, you must seek compassionate and knowledgeable legal assistance to help you recover from any damages you’ve incurred. Our firm is 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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