June 2019 Archives

When does bad legal representation rise to malpractice?

If you are a Florida resident who is disappointed by the quality of your legal services, you are probably wondering whether your lawyer committed malpractice. Legal malpractice law serves an important purpose for clients and the legal community. However, not every case rises to actionable legal malpractice. An article in the American Bar Association provides insight into when you may be able to recover damages for an attorney’s mistakes.

Why are you owed a thorough title search?

Purchasing a new home in Florida should be an exciting time for you. However, if the property contains a hidden problem that you do not know about it until after you make the purchase, you could find yourself in litigation over ownership or debt disputes. It is the job of a real estate attorney to find these problems during a title search. For a number of reasons, an attorney should be as thorough as possible while checking over a property before you buy it.

Tips for hiring a lawyer

It’s important to choose a lawyer that you can trust. To keep from making the wrong choice, these tips can help you find someone who will dedicate themselves to your case, maintain regular communication and do the job right.

What requirements can I put in a trust?

Florida families sometimes come to the conclusion that placing money into a trust for an heir to inherit at a future date is the best move. Given the complications involved in setting up a trust, an estate planning attorney is often needed to draft the trust and to provide legal advice. You have wide latitude in how you may distribute money to heirs through a trust, so it is important that your attorney make your wishes clear while composing your trust documents.

What should I look for in an attorney?

A reliable attorney is an invaluable resource when faced with litigation. That's why the decision should not be entered into lightly, as making the wrong selection can cost you a lot. The Balance recommends the following steps so you may rest assured the lawyer you choose is up to challenge. 

State board recommends attorney should lose license

It may be easy for those not directly involved in legal malpractice claims in Florida to view them as simply the sour grapes of those whose legal proceedings did not go as they had planned to be thrown in the directions of their attorneys. Legal representation does not always comes with satisfaction guarantees, and clients typically understand that. At the same time, a negligent attorney can prove to be very damaging to a case due to their in-depth knowledge of the law as well as the methods in which the legal system works. 

Can a lawyer practice in any area?

It may be easy to fall into the school of thought that a lawyer is a lawyer, and as such, has privileges to do anything within the legal profession. You might even extend that opinion to positing that a lawyer can provide you with representation in any location. However, when lawyers seek authorization to practice law, they do so through their local state bar associations. That allows them to practice only within that jurisdiction. 

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