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Potential conflicts of interest for an attorney

In virtually any business sector there are understood and accepted behaviors and codes of conduct. Many companies in Florida specifically document and train employees on their specific business conduct rules and the company you work for might do this very thing. Attorneys are not immune to needing to following proper rules of business and it is important not just for lawyers but for you as a client to understand what may get in the way of these guidelines.

When a lawyer cannot be trusted

It is generally seen as a comfort that professionals such as doctors, bankers and lawyers are dedicated to protecting clients. Yet when professionals do not maintain an ethical compass, a multitude of issues can ensue -- not to mention the trust lost on behalf of the client. What happens when a lawyer is guilty of professional malpractice in Florida?

One thing you should know before filing a legal malpractice claim

You're driving to work, minding your own business. Suddenly, an SUV swerves across the median and slams into your driver's side door. You wind up in the hospital, unable to work for months. So you decide to take matters into your own hands: you sue.

The details of legal malpractice lawsuits

Deceptive behavior is a manner commonly used to describe criminals, not lawyers. Yet, to the shock of clients, some legal professionals are found guilty of professional malpractice. While most Floridians likely connect malpractice with surgical errors in the medical field, legal malpractice can occur in a number of forms. Regardless of the type of misstep in judgement, professional malpractice often leads to hefty consequences.

Attorney sued for sharing of client's murder case

For those in Jacksonville that have been involved in legal matters, the initial rulings on their cases may not necessarily signal the end of their efforts. They may look to continue to appeal decisions (or fight to retain favorable outcomes). Thus, their relationships with the attorneys that they work with remain important. Much information may be shared between clients and attorneys, with all of that being protected by attorney-client privilege. Not only does such privilege prevent an attorney from being compelled to disclose information, but it also prevents him or her from sharing it. If he or she does, it could significantly hinder a client's case.  

Detailing clergy malpractice

You may rightly assume that ethical standards apply to doctors, lawyers, accountants and even contractors. Yet what about clergy? If you attend the services of a particular religion or faith, you no doubt assign a great deal of esteem and trust to the person who conducts said services. His or her influence may even go beyond preaching to offering advice and counseling. As many of those in Jacksonville that we here at St. Denis & Davey have worked with can attest to, such leaders may sometimes fail in their duties to their parishioners. 

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