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4 areas of law are commonly associated with legal malpractice

People who hire an attorney likely have an idea of what they want the outcome of their case to be. They must understand that the attorney usually can't guarantee what's going to happen, so there is always some room for an alternate resolution to become necessary. When things don't go exactly as planned, some clients might claim legal malpractice; however, this isn't necessarily the case.

Legal professionals should be held to specific standards

You pay your attorney to represent your best interests, but this isn't always what happens. Sometimes, a lawyer will do things that prevent them from truly being able to do what you need them to do. When there is an element of malpractice, you may opt to pursue a claim for the damages you face.

Overcharged? You may have a case of legal malpractice

You were beyond upset when you received your latest bill from your attorney. You had been feeling like the costs were higher than you expected before, but this time really seemed extortionate. You were being charged for 15 hours of work on a simple case, and you knew that you'd only met for an hour with your attorney during that time. In fact, for one of the phone calls you placed, you spent only 5 minutes talking to the attorney. On the itemized sheet, you see that they charged you for a full hour.

Know what a conflict of interest entails

Attorneys are expected to put their client's interests first. They should never take on a case that puts them in a position where they can't do this. In some cases, attorneys are forced to turn down a case due to conflict of interest. Unfortunately, some lawyers will take on cases that have this issue, which can put their clients at risk of receiving inadequate legal representation.

How can you choose a good attorney?

Legal malpractice is a real issue that can negatively affect an attorney's clients for years to come. If you're preparing to work with an attorney, you should take steps to make sure that the attorney you choose has the education, experience and skill to represent you properly -- no matter what the legal issues concerned.

Lax communication isn't acceptable from your lawyer

A person who is facing legal issues depends on their attorney to provide them with legal advice and guidance. This sometimes means that they need to contact the attorney to ask questions or find out information. Most attorneys respond without any issue for their clients.

What can you do if your attorney's bill is higher than expected?

You signed a contract with your attorney, and you thought for certain that the hourly rate you agreed upon, as well as the retainer, would be enough to cover your case under a budget you'd specified. In fact, when you discussed it with your attorney, they agreed that you had more than enough put aside to handle the case.

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