Andrew Rubin, Esq.

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My lawyer lost my case. Can I sue for malpractice?

Before heading to trial, your lawyer told you that you had a slam-dunk case. But on your day in court, you were stunned when the other side won and you lost miserably. Now, you are hurt, angry and several thousand dollars poorer.

You feel that your lawyer lied to you, or at least misled you about the likelihood of winning. Lawyers are supposed to be honest with their clients—so does this mean that you have a case for legal malpractice?

Lawyers have an obligation to meet your case’s deadlines

If you have ever been involved in a legal case, you know just how important deadlines can be. When it comes to the law, missing a deadline can mean the difference between your case moving forward and your case being stuck in the mud.

As a client, it is helpful for you to know your case’s deadlines. But meeting these deadlines is not necessarily your responsibility. The burden of following deadlines lies with your attorney. As your legal representation, your lawyer has an obligation to be aware of and meet all the relevant deadlines of his clients’ cases.

The communication skills that all lawyers should have

When you hire a lawyer to work on your case, you should have good communication with his office. You must often contact his office to provide additional information about your case. His often must regularly contact you to inform you about your case’s status. Ultimately, communicating with your lawyer should be frequent, informative and mutually satisfactory.

However, not all lawyers communicate in this manner. Sometimes lawyers, no matter how seemingly accomplished, have downright poor communication skills. No matter your lawyer’s area of practice or the details of your case, your lawyer should have these crucial communication skills.

The steps to take when dealing with a negligent lawyer, part 2

In a previous blog post, we discussed what you should do if you feel that your lawyer is negligent. Understanding the steps to take is crucial to resolving your issue and holding your negligent attorney accountable for their actions.

In today’s post, we will conclude our discussion with three more important steps to know.

What should I expect when I hire a lawyer?

After struggling with a complicated legal issue, you have decided to seek help from an attorney. You did your research, talked to several candidates and have narrowed it down to one. Now, there is just one thing: What should you expect from your lawyer, now that you have hired them?

It is important for clients to be aware of the professional expectations for lawyers. Most lawyers are hardworking professionals, but some try to commit malpractice. If you know what to expect from your attorney, then you will also know whether they are behaving ethically or negligently.

Why you should pursue a complaint against your lawyer

Many clients who have worked with negligent or incompetent attorneys consider filing a formal complaint, but choose not to. There are several reasons why clients may decline to file a complaint. Lawyers hold a certain position of power in their relationships with clients, and many people feel too intimidated to make a formal complaint. In other situations, clients may form a close bond with their attorney and feel guilty about filing a complaint against them.

Whatever the reason, deciding not to complain about an attorney’s poor behavior may be a mistake that you regret. You should know that it is perfectly acceptable—and even necessary—to file a complaint about your negligent attorney.

The steps to take when dealing with a negligent lawyer, part 1

Hiring an attorney requires a huge amount of trust. You are putting an important part of our life in someone else’s hands. Clients rarely have extensive legal knowledge, so they have to trust that their attorney is a reliable person who knows what he is doing. In the attorney-client relationship, it is the responsibility of the attorney to act as a diligent advocate.

However, there are some attorneys who abuse this relationship and take advantage of their clients. This could include overcharging them for legal services, mishandling their case or even neglecting their case entirely. This is considered legal malpractice, and it happens all too frequently. If you believe that your attorney has is committing malpractice, these are the steps that you should take.

Warning signs of a bad lawyer, part 2

When it comes to hiring a lawyer, knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do want. You need to be able to rule out lawyers who won't be a good fit. After all, the success of your case may hinge on the skill of your attorney.

Anyone who is considering hiring an attorney should know that not all of them are competent. In our last post, we looked at some of the warning signs of bad lawyers. In this conclusion, we will follow up with some more of the most important red flags to avoid when hiring an attorney.

Warning signs of a bad lawyer, part 1

If you are in the market for a lawyer, you probably have a lot on your mind. After all, no one decides to hire a lawyer for fun. The legal issue that you are dealing with may have you feeling overwhelmed. You are on the right track by seeking out knowledgeable legal counsel.

The process of finding the right lawyer can be difficult. There are tons of lawyers out there—and not all of them are good. Knowing the warning signs of bad lawyers will make it much easier to find a great one. This series on our blog will examine some of the most important warning signs to avoid in a lawyer.

Common ways some lawyers overcharge their clients, part 2

In our last post, we examined a few of the common ways that lawyers overcharge their clients. Sadly, there are so many ways that attorneys have tried to financially exploit their clients that we had to create a second blog post to cover them all. This post will conclude our examination of the most common methods that lawyers may use to overcharge the people who trust them.

 

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