July 2019 Archives

What are statutes of limitations?

Timeliness is a must when it comes to lawsuits. If you don't take swift action, your suit may not fall within the statute of limitation for a particular issue. Investopedia explains the statute of limitations and why it's so important that both you and your legal team react quickly when legal problems arise. 

How do attorneys slip up when sending emails?

Finding competent legal assistance is a must when you're faced with a pressing issue. Along with knowledge of the law, attorneys should also have a good grasp of electronic communication, including email, when conversing with clients. Unfortunately, some attorneys make a range of mistakes when using email, and some of these mistakes can jeopardize their clients' success when it comes to litigation. The Balance explains some of the more common email mistakes lawyers make and how they can be avoided, which benefits all involved parties. 

Knowing when a continuance is warranted

The common school of thought amongst many in Florida is that working with an attorney on any legal matter is going to cost you a lot of money. Yet the cost of legal assistance is typically more dependent on the time it takes to resolve your case rather than the fees your attorney charges. People often come to us here at St. Denis & Davey PA wondering why their cases are languishing (and if such delays are normal). If you are involved in a lengthy legal matter, it may be easy to assume that your attorney is simply trying to drag the process out to collect more money. 

Lawsuit claims law firm missed statute of limitations

Understanding the complex details associated with litigation requires familiarity with policies and procedures that most people in Florida simply do not have. Thus, they turn to attorneys for assistance in handling their legal matters, assuming that the attorney's industry will compensate for their lack of understanding. While each case may have its own unique complexities that require attorneys to expand their knowledge, it is assumed that they know basic things such as timely filing limits and case deadlines. This is why, when such small details are overlooked, people may be quick to accuse attorneys of negligence. 

What if a client is of diminished capacity?

Seeing a loved one work their way through any legal issue in Florida can be nerve-wracking. Your stress is sure to be compounded if that family member or friend suffers from a diminished capacity. The attorney-client relationship is already complex enough without having to deal with the concern that your loved one (either through trauma, inexperience or mental impairments) is unable to make sound decisions on their own. Their attorney must then maintain their obligations to them while ensuring that their best interests are understood and represented. 

How is attorney competence defined?

There are many people that may pride themselves on handling issues on their own as opposed to hiring others to do things for them. There are indeed certain benefits to following the DIY way of thinking: you can yourself money and gain helpful knowledge. Yet there are also special circumstances where you are likely better served by turning to a professional for help. 

When negligence leads to critical missed deadlines

After suffering injuries from a car accident, slip and fall, defective product, medical procedure or more, you may turn to an attorney for guidance in seeking the compensation you deserve. In the uncertainty that follows a serious injury, you may take comfort in knowing you have assistance in navigating the legal challenges ahead.

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