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How much do I owe my lawyer?

In some cases, it can be difficult to approximate exactly how much a lawyer will cost hire. Since varying factors can affect the amount of time a lawyer must dedicate to your case, you end up surprised at the bill you receive when it’s all over.

What is professional liability insurance?

If you are like a lot of people who live in Florida, you might have heard reference to specific types of insurance coverages that are meant for businesses or people in specific professions. Lawyers are in a group of professionals who should carry a certain type of insurance. According to The Hartford, this type of insurance can be known by many names but is perhaps most commonly referred to as legal malpractice insurance

Options for legal conflicts of interest

If you have ever needed to hire an attorney in Florida, you should know that you have rights as a client. One of these rights is that your attorney should provide you with independent judgment and be loyal to you and your needs according to the American Bar Association. There are a few things that may interfere with these rights and one is a conflict of interest.

Who should you report attorney misconduct to?

Dealing with legal issues in Florida can be a daunting task due to your relative unfamiliarity with the law and legal proceedings. Working with an attorney can be equally as intimidating given such a professional's knowledge of complex legal subjects and experience in dealing with law enforcement and/or courtroom officials. It is understandable, then, that you might be extremely nervous about reporting the misconduct of an attorney or judge. Yet failing to do so can cause significant damage to your own case and undermine your credibility if it is believed you know about their incorrect actions and did nothing. 

Why it’s important for a lawyer to have all the facts

While your lawyer may not be a detective for the police department, much of their job is actually pretty similar. When an attorney takes on a service for you — whether it be a divorce trial, personal injury claim or business deal — they give you their word to investigate the facts of your case properly.

What does legal malpractice insurance cover?

If you believe your Florida attorney committed some form of malpractice while representing you, you have the right to sue him or her for the damages you sustained as a result of his or negligence. Before you do so, however, you should determine whether or not (s)he carries malpractice insurance. This type of insurance also goes by the names of errors and omissions insurance and professional liability insurance.

What is a case within a case?

When you hired your Florida attorney, you believed that (s)he would take your case seriously and do everything in his or her power to help you win it. But you lost your case. While losing a lawsuit may not rise to the level of attorney malpractice, it can if your attorney was negligent in his or her representation of you.

Legal malpractice case reinstated by appellate court

People or companies in Florida who pursue legal action against another entity after being wronged by that party should be able to trust that the justice system will return a fair decision. However, in order for this to happen, many things need to fall into place. One of these things is that a party's attorney must properly put forth a case and leverage the appropriate facts to direct the final outcome of the matter. When this fails to happen, some may want to review the potential that legal malpractice has occurred.

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