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Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Malpractice
Q: How do I know if what my lawyer did was legal malpractice?
A: The laws on legal malpractice typically demand that the lawyer's action (or inaction) was negligent and negatively affected the outcome of your case — for instance, causing you to lose a lawsuit that you otherwise would have won. This can be difficult to prove. Speaking with a different attorney may help you assess whether you have a strong case for legal malpractice.
Q: Why are filing deadlines so important?
A: The deadlines for filing papers with the court are important because there are time limits on when you can bring a lawsuit against someone who has violated your rights. For instance, a state may say that a person who has been injured because of another's negligence has only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. After two years, the injured person no longer has that option. If you bring your case to a lawyer in a timely fashion but the lawyer fails to file the papers in time, you could lose your chance to take legal action.
Attorneys are required to comply with the rules of civil litigation and the rules in place in a particular court, when dealing with the courts, other attorneys, and third parties. If your attorney fails to comply with these rules, and your legal rights are injured as a result, you may have a viable legal malpractice claim.
Connecticut Legal Malpractice Attorneys
If you believe that your attorney might have damaged you, failed to protect you, affected your rights, violated a professional ethical rule in the handling of your case, or failed to meet the prevailing standard of competence in his or her work on your behalf, contact the Connecticut professional responsibility lawyers at Stanger & Arnold in West Hartford.
Hartford professional negligence attorney Bruce Stanger serves on the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, and is thoroughly knowledgeable about the standards of performance and integrity that all attorneys must meet. He can help you with any legal malpractice question ranging from missing a statute of limitations, failing to protect your rights, conflict of interest or a missed deadline to outright theft of client funds. Call us we can help if you have been damaged by your lawyer.
Legal Malpractice - An Overview
A variety of major life events can call for the assistance of a lawyer: adoption, divorce, serious accidents, business transactions and estate planning, to name a few. In most cases, the lawyer's help makes the process move more smoothly and provides confidence in the outcome. Sometimes, however, the lawyer fails to follow through or makes a serious error in conducting the case. When this leads to a poor outcome, the client may have a claim against the lawyer for legal malpractice. If you believe that your lawyer committed malpractice, call today to schedule a consultation with a lawyer to discuss your possible legal remedies.
When you put your future in the hands of an attorney, you want to feel secure in your decision. Most of the time, the process works as it should. Sometimes, however, the attorney is negligent, causing damage to the case. If you suffered serious consequences because of your attorney's negligence, you may have a claim for legal malpractice. To understand what went wrong in the representation, it can help to understand the steps involved in a civil lawsuit. This article will give you insight into how a typical lawsuit plays out and how yours may have differed.
Fee Agreements and Disputes
A common complaint from the clients of attorneys is that they never know what to expect when they receive a bill for legal services. The bills may seem unreasonably high or difficult to decipher. Most of these clients aren't sure of their options when they disagree with the billing process.
Legal Malpractice in Criminal Defense Cases
If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime, there may be certain things you wish the defense attorney had done differently. This is natural. But if the attorney's actions (or inaction) prevented a favorable outcome in your case, you may have a claim for legal malpractice.
Common Bases of Malpractice Claims
A lawyer cannot win every case. Sometimes, the facts or the law are just not in the client's favor. Other times, however, the facts and the law are in the client's favor, but the lawyer makes an error that seriously damages the case.