When a person in Florida hires an attorney, it is usually because they are facing some sort of crisis situation. Perhaps their marriage is crumbling and they are filing for divorce. Perhaps they are being accused of committing a crime. Or, maybe they were injured in a car accident. In any of these situations, Florida residents expect that their attorney will serve their best interests.
In fact, attorneys in Florida swear an oath to act in fairness and with honesty and integrity. Moreover, they must be licensed. In the end, attorneys have a fiduciary duty that they must honor to serve the best interests of their clients. Unfortunately, not all attorneys uphold this fiduciary duty, and, when this happens, they commit acts of malpractice.
There are many ways in which an attorney can commit malpractice. There could be a conflict of interest in the case. They could make errors in legal filings or during the trial process. They may not properly perform during the discovery process. There could also be an improper settlement made or accounting malpractice.
People whose attorneys have failed them in a manner that constitutes legal malpractice may feel like they have no recourse. However, this is not true. When an attorney's negligence causes their clients to suffer damages, their clients can file professional malpractice suits. Doing so may not only help the victims of malpractice cope with the financial damages they suffered, but it can also hold negligent attorneys responsible so that similar cases do not happen in the future. The professionals at St. Denis & Davey PA have represented clients across Florida who have been harmed by negligent attorneys. The firm's legal malpractice overview may be a good starting point for those who are seeking to hold a negligent attorney accountable.