When you have a legal issue, you will most likely consult with an attorney. The initial meeting may leave you with the belief that your attorney can handle your legal matter in a competent way. Lawyers are expected to treat their cases and clients with a high degree of ethics. Yet, some lawyers fail to meet this expectation, potentially causing serious financial consequences for their clients.
These clients may have legal recourse. However, attorney malpractice may seem difficult to prove. You may have the perception that judges and other lawyers will protect your attorney against accusations of malpractice. This type of case can be difficult to prosecute and is normally hotly contested by both all parties involved.
Malpractice can take many different forms. For example, attorneys may stop returning your calls, leaving you unaware that they had never filed a needed document with the court. If your lawyer were to miss a deadline, your case might suffer irreparably. Other examples include when attorneys mishandle the funds with which they are entrusted, handle a case in a demonstrably incompetent manner or fail to understand the applicable law or potential tax consequences of a recommended course of action.
For people who experience any type of legal malpractice, it can be disheartening, costly and vitally consequential. At Volkema Thomas Miller & Scott, LPA, our team has been aggressively prosecuting legal malpractice claims on behalf of our clients in Ohio since 1988. Since that time, we have amassed a wealth of information that many people find beneficial when they have questions about legal malpractice. For more information, you may want to review our Legal Malpractice page.
Source: Volkema Thomas Miller & Scott, "Statewide Representation For Legal Negligence Claims", December 01, 2014