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Fort Lauderdale lawyer sued for breaching fiduciary duty

| Sep 9, 2019 | Legal Malpractice Law |

When many of those in Florida seek out the services of an attorney, they are not doing so with the intent of having said professional represent them on a single matter. Rather, they may be looking for a lawyer that they can trust to turn to in the future to handle other affairs. Indeed, when an attorney refers to one as their client, that may indicate that they manage a number of different areas of that person’s personal and professional life. In such a scenario, attorneys must be vigilant in avoiding actions that might be seen as a breach in the fiduciary duty they owe to their clients. 

Such a breach is exactly what a Fort Lauderdale real estate attorney is being accused of. The family of a local real estate magnate claims that not only did the woman fail in her duty to represent the interests of the entire family in a recent lease agreement that she helped him to broker, but also that she exercised undue influence in not only orchestrating the end of his marriage and convinced him to name her executor of his multi-million dollar estate (from which she would stand to make millions in legal fees). 

When attorneys take on a client, there work for said client should not only remain professional (at least for the time that they are representing the clients), but their attention should be focused on fulfilling the aims of their service agreement (and not doing anything that seemingly runs contrary to those). People who feel as though such an obligation has been violated may want to consult with a legal malpractice attorney to see if they truly have a case.