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.
With all of the complexities that go into the practice of law, it may be easy for many in Florida to forget that attorneys (for the most part) are also small business owners. Like any business owner, the growth and success of their firms depends on good advertising. Per the Florida Bar, there are as many as 72,160 members eligible to practice in the state (as of 2015). This number demonstrates just how competitive the field of law can be for its practitioners.
When Florida residents like you are in legal trouble, you turn to a lawyer for help. But who do you turn to if you believe your lawyer doesn't have your best interests at the forefront of their mind? We at St. Denis & Davey, P.A., are here to talk about what a conflict of interest might look like in your legal relationship, and how it can affect you.
As a resident of Florida who is currently going through legal strife, you will likely be relying on your lawyer for numerous things. But what do you do if the lawyer you rely on has failed you or betrayed your trust in some way?
In today’s world, information flows freely. That often can includes details about legal matters in Florida, which (if you happen to be involved) you might just as soon prefer be kept private. Your desire to not have the specific details of a matter that you are involved in made public may go beyond simply wanting to maintain your privacy; releasing certain information might actually prejudice your case. Yet legal issues are rarely solitary matters, and you might likely have an attorney assisting you with yours. The question then becomes exactly what they are allowed to disclose to the public.
A major element of legal services is the avoidance of any appearance of a conflict of interest. When you hire an attorney in Florida, they must provide you with the best representation that is free of any influence from obligations to or affiliations with other clients and/or organizations. One aspect of their work where such connections may come into play is in client procurement. While having a trusted company or professional partner steer you towards an attorney with whom they share a business relationship may seem appealing, the last thing that you want is to rely on a lawyer who answers to a non-legal professional. Many of the clients that we here at St. Denis & Davey PA have worked with in the past can attest to this fact.
There may be times when, in the course of working with an attorney in Florida, that you be required to entrust said attorney with assets and property related to your representation. You likely maintain a high level of trust with your attorney (as have many of the clients that we here at St. Denis & Davey have worked in the past). Yet as is the case in any type of financial transaction, there are certain standards that must be adhered to when asking an attorney to manage your money (as poor management on their part could potentially prejudice your position in your case).
When you need legal assistance, you want to rest assured that your attorney is skilled at practicing law. While most attorneys go above and beyond for their clients, the fact remains that some lawyers offer subpar assistance, which can lead to negative outcomes for their cases. If you're currently searching for an attorney, USA Today recommends looking for the following red flags.
When people speak of courtroom etiquette, they're often referring to the behavior of plaintiffs and defendants. However, attorneys must also adhere to a strict code of conduct, no matter how high tensions rise during a trial. South Source offers the following tips on how attorneys can make a good impression in court, on their clients, the judge, and even the jurors.
Lawsuits against lawyers and legal firms may seem to many in Florida to be a bit of an oddity given that most might assume such professionals to have such a strong understanding of the laws governing their respective fields that they would always operate inside of them. Yet such lawsuits are often not regarding a question of law, but rather that of the professional and ethical duty owed to clients. Often its small failures in meeting that duty that lead to complaints, as those failures (while seemingly insignificant to some) can have actually have a dramatic impact on one’s case.