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Careless documentation could lead to malpractice

by | Aug 24, 2017 | Professional Malpractice |

A Florida attorney has responsibilities that he or she should take seriously. However, if you have hired someone who is careless, that behavior could land you in a world of hurt, whether it was the failure to do something or doing something that should not have been done. The legal team at St. Denis & Davey, P.A., often counsels clients who have suffered financially from an attorney’s negligence.

Paperwork may seem mundane, but the success of your case depends on your attorney taking care with your legal documentation. Failure to do so could result in poorly drafted agreements or a necessary document going unfiled. According to The National Law Review, it also involves keeping an eye on deadlines, since missing them often leads to client harm and subsequent legal malpractice litigation. The attorney should be ensuring that everyone in the office or firm who is working on the case completes and files work well before deadlines, too. Experts recommend using technology to track documents and timelines so that no deadlines are missed.

Every transaction your attorney performs for you should be documented carefully because he or she should be able to tell you exactly what you are being charged for. Attorney fees are sometimes high due to the nature of the services they provide, and a general statement rather than a line-item invoice could lead to overpayment and fee disputes. Before you hire the attorney, you should receive a fee agreement, and you should also receive current fee accountability statements when appropriate. More information about proper documentation is available on our webpage.