Legal malpractice refers to the incompetent or unethical handling of a criminal or civil case, not whether your attorney failed to win. In general, legal malpractice is a function of whether your attorney violated his or her fiduciary duty towards you or failed to adhere to professional and ethical standards that govern the legal profession.
Additionally, it must be demonstrated that a lawyer's incompetent or negligent actions were directly responsible for financial harm suffered by a client. At the Carter Law Offices, our Kansas City legal malpractice lawyers expose negligence and incompetence on the part of other attorneys that cause financial loss to individuals and businesses in personal injury, business, estate planning, real estate, employment, and criminal law cases.
If you believe your attorney failed to discharge his or her fiduciary duty to you as your legal representative, call a legal malpractice attorney at 816-283-3500 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
What Constitutes Legal Malpractice? Do I Have A Case?
While each case is different, in general, the following kinds of failures on the part of an attorney constitute legal malpractice:
- Missing deadlines or the statute of limitations
- Failure to file a motion in time
- Mistakes in drafting contracts and other legal documents
- Agreeing to a settlement without your permission
- Violating rules of discovery that leads to the barring of evidence at trial
- Mistakes in interpreting the law
- Conflicts of interest
What To Do If You Suspect Legal Malpractice On The Part Of Your Attorney
As in other kinds of personal injury actions, there is a statute of limitation on legal malpractice. Since important information can disappear and memories fade, it's important to call us sooner rather than later if you believe your attorney provided negligent or incompetent representation.
Contact Our Legal Malpractice Attorneys
Don't let your former attorney convince you that he or she did everything possible to provide competent representation of your interests. If you suspect you have been the victim of legal malpractice, contact the Carter Law Offices today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.