Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice occurs when a lawyer fails to render competent professional service to a client and the client is damages as a result of the failure. The three major theories of liability are negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. To prove malpractice, i.e., to establish your lawyer's liability, you must prove that your lawyer owed you a duty to represent you competently, that he or she made a mistake or otherwise breached the duty owed to you, and that your lawyer's mistake harmed you, causing you damages. Additionally, you must file your lawsuit within the statutory time period or "statute of limitations" established by state law for legal malpractice claims. Please read on to find a legal malpractice lawyer, attorney or access more information.

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Ask a Lawyer - Legal Malpractice Law questions answered by leading lawyers
do i have a case to file against my attorney?
I had a lawsuit going against RJ Reynolds and my suit was given to a group of attorneys without my knowledge or consent. I had been with the same attorney since 1996 I think. The new attorneys took over my case and that is where it all went wrong. Several issues that I have are Mediation where I was told I was just there to listen, bankruptcy had to be reopened and I was never told I would not be the plaintive. The trustee became the plaintive. Questioned by a psychiatrist in a room that was so cold I shivered the whole time and to this day I have no idea what answers I gave. Last my case was settled with an offer made to the trustee and not one of the lawyers let me know and the only creditor that filed when I reopened the bankruptcy was Discover and they were not paid and I was told that was the reason I had to reopen the bankruptcy
Is breach of attorney client privilege grounds for a law suit?
A breach of attorney client privilege has jeopardized my ability to pursue a civil suit against the defendant in a felony battery case. The defendants attorney found out the identity of a source/witness that requested to remain anonymous and the information came from my attorney. The defendant's attorney is threatening the witness if I don't abandon any civil action. I was the victim of the battery and have suffered greatly, but do not want to hurt the witness that went out on a limb for me. My civil attorney was the only person who knew who the source was and now the defense knows. My attorney also brought the witness up to friends of mine at a social event, which just reinforces the fact that he is discussing my case where he shouldn't. Is this grounds for a legal malpractice suit? If so what type of attorney should be consulted?
My lawyers advised me to take a legal loan against my case.
My lawyers advised me to take a legal loan on my case thus depriving me of ssi. He said it was a loan but Social Security said it was income so I was denied SSI on having assets and now cannot pay my rent, medical and food bills.
How do I sue a former attorney for malpractice?
Do I file suit in court or file a claim with their malpractice insurance? How do I find out who their carrier is?
Can we sue our lawyer for malpractice if she gave bad advice to our dad for what he needed to do wit
My father-in-law used a family practice lawyer in Colorado, who told him that all he needed to do was to put his children in his will and his wife would not get any of the assets, since she was in a nursing home and was on Medicaid and Medicare. He didn't want all of the assets to be handed over to Medicaid and specifically wanted to insure that his children got the house and the money. After he died, she let us know that she just found out that all of the assets automatically go to the spouse, in the state of Colorado. We sold the house and were told that Medicaid had cut off my mother-in-law. When she died a year later on the same day as my father-in-law, the assets were freed up. The checks were distributed and on the day it cleared for us, the lawyer called to say that she just found a letter at the probate office that had been there since March of this year, saying that Medicaid wanted most of the estate. Now we have to put the money back in the estate.
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Legal Malpractice Lawyer Web Sites
 -  Mississippi Law - Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & Mccormick, P.A.
 -  Maui County Law - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Maui County Attorney - Yanagida & Associates
 -  Washington Litigation - Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
 -  Baltimore Law - Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
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