October 2017 Archives

Did your attorney communicate with you properly?

When you hire an attorney in Florida, the success of your case depends on the way he or she communicates with you from the initial consultation through negotiations, settlement or a trial. Legal ethics hold attorneys to a number of duties that they must fulfill, and many of these refer directly to the conversations that the two of you have.

School board member accused of conflict of interest

For many in Jacksonville, the idea behind a conflict of interest may be difficult to completely comprehend. To them, it may not seem all that strange for a person's professional and personal lives to mix. Yet issues related to conflicts of interests go well beyond that. They may include cases where one's obligation to another inhibits him or her from fulfilling his or her responsibilities to yet another party. Other examples may be less overt, such as one using his or her position or authority for gain while limiting access to competition for his or her competitors.     

Reviewing Robert's Rules

Jacksonville residents might understand the meaning of the term "conflict of interest," yet might not fully comprehend its many applications. They might assign it to any cases in which an authoritative figure has a personal connection to a matter being reviewed. In the everyday world, people might think that conflicts of interest are limited to legal professionals. Yet what about those operating in systems that utilize a voting structure? 

The many sides to professional malpractice

When it comes to the topic of malpractice, most Floridians might connect such incidents with the medical field. However, professional malpractice cases are not uncommon in the state. Many of these cases involve conflict of interest between lawyer and client, but others stem from deeper, often more unsettling issues. 

Understanding the importance of attorney specialization

You hire an attorney in Jacksonville typically based off one simple assumption: That he or she knows the law. Unfortunately, based off of some of the experiences of past clients that we here at St. Denis & Davey have worked with, many view the law to be a single collective set of principles rather than several different series of statutes. Every legal discipline has volume after volume of different regulations, some so vast that even those attorneys and judges who specialize in them sometimes struggle in their interpretation. The question is do you have any legal recourse when one does? 

Reviewing common reasons for legal filing errors

People turn to attorneys for help with their legal matters in Jacksonville due to their unfamiliarity with the law and their inexperience in dealing with judicial procedures. The expectation is that not only will their attorneys provide the knowledge needed to support their claims, but also the assistance required to comply with the rules of the court. Often, many of those rules involve the simple filing of paperwork. While it may seem like a trivial detail, missing a filing date can lead to the complete dismissal of a case. In many situations, attorneys promise to handle those tasks for their clients. So what happens when they do not? 

Can my attorney leave my case because of a conflict of interest?

Question: I was in a bad car accident: I was turning left and had the green light, when a very big truck smashed into me from behind. I called an acquaintance who is a personal injury attorney and within a few days he had reviewed my case and I had signed an agreement with him that said he would represent me in both my medical case against my own insurance company and also in my case against the guy who hit me.

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