June 2018 Archives

Holding an accountant liable for tax preparation errors

It is often said that there are only inevitabilities in life: death and taxes. Given the complexities associated with the latter, you might actually prefer the former. This is why you hire someone (such as an accountant) to prepare your return every year. Yet it is important to remember that these professionals are not infallible; in fact, many often come to our tem here at St. Denis & Davey PA after having had to answer for tax errors made by their accountants wondering what (if any) legal recourse is available to them. 

Highlighting the exceptions to attorney-client privilege

When one hires an attorney in Jacksonville, he or she does so with the expectation that said attorney will utilize every available resource to support his or her representation. However, an attorney can only work with what he or she has been given, and one of his or her most important resources will be the information his or her client provides. The principle of attorney-client privilege facilitates the exchange of that information. According to the National Constitution Center, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized as much when it ruled "(i)ts purpose is to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients, and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and administration of justice."

Was I a victim of legal malpractice?

When you hired a Florida lawyer, you did so under the assumption that you would receive fair and adequate representation. However, throughout the course of your case, you started to feel as if something wasn’t right. Witness interviews appeared to be disorganized and your attorneys seemed ill-prepared. Relevant documents that you presented to your lawyer were left out of the trial. While you aren’t a member of the legal community, you believe that your attorney’s behavior cost you your case – and you may be right.

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