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When you hire an attorney, he or she is supposed to work to protect your rights - and your best interests. Whether it's through pure negligence or due to an egregious mistake, a lawyer who seriously compromises your case or your rights may be subject to legal ramifications. A certain level of competent service is expected when you enter into an attorney-client relationship; you need to understand your rights, especially when it comes to the standard of care that you should enjoy under such an arrangement. All too often, people are unaware that they have options when an attorney misrepresents them.
Things To Keep In Mind Regarding Legal Malpractice
Please refer below for a few basic things to keep in mind regarding legal malpractice.
- An error in strategy does not generally constitute legal malpractice. Failure to accomplish your specific goals does not mean that an attorney has been negligent or that he has not provided competent service.
- The most common type of negligence that occurs in an attorney-client relationship is the late filing of important paperwork. This is a basic part of handling a case; if such negligence has a negative impact on your case, you may have legal recourse.
- In order to have legal options, you must be able to show that an attorney has made outrageous mistakes that no competent attorney should make. If you're unsure about whether or not your case qualifies, a lawyer who is experienced in legal malpractice law should be able to help.
- In most cases, if the negative outcome would have occurred whether or not your attorney allegedly mishandled it, then you likely may not have a case.
- By having a consultation with a qualified legal malpractice attorney, you can avoid wasting your time and money on a case that has no merit in a court of law.