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Legal malpractice: The two cases you need to win

Going to court can be exhausting, and doubly so if your lawyer doesn't do their job. Bringing a legal malpractice suit against your attorney is a way to recover damages that you should have gotten, had your lawyer acted competently. However, it also creates an added layer of complexity. Here's a breakdown of the so-called "case-within-a-case" structure of a legal malpractice.

What constitutes a conflict of interest?

According to reporting by Insurance Journal, conflicts of interest make up the majority of legal malpractice claims. Seven out of nine legal malpractice insurers listed conflicts of interests as the leading or second-highest cause of claims they've settled in the last year in an annual survey conducted by Ames & Gough, an insurance broker.

Why is legal malpractice difficult to prove in court?

As you know, lawyers — as much as they are highly trained professionals — are human and prone to occasional error. However, if an attorney you chose as a representative were to exhibit a pattern of negligent, unethical or incompetent behavior that led to a demonstratable loss on your part, then you could potentially have more than a simple mistake on your hands. Florida law holds lawyers to a relatively strict code of conduct. You could have a chance to recover losses resulting from direct violations of this code.

Is there a link between attorney substance abuse and malpractice?

If you count yourself among the many people across Florida who have recently hired an attorney, you probably did so with full confidence that the person you chose would advocate on your behalf to the fullest extent possible. Regrettably, however, some attorneys fail to hold up their end of the bargain, and this becomes increasingly common when they abuse alcohol – something that an alarming percentage of them admit to doing.

Know your rights: seven ethical standards for lawyers

When hiring a lawyer, most Floridians are dealing with emotionally and financially devastating issues. Even after you have settled on a lawyer, you may question your decision. Perhaps your lawyer is slow to respond to emails, or you feel he or she is not working towards your best interests.

What qualifies as legal malpractice?

You might be very upset with your attorney if you recently lost a case. The legal process is often very long and draining, making an unsatisfactory outcome very hard to take. It’s very common for any client to blame their lawyer when this happens, and many want to seek compensation.

What online reviews can (and can’t) tell you about a lawyer

When the average person needs legal help, it’s hard to know where to turn. Selecting an attorney to represent you during your most vulnerable time is a major decision. You want to find someone you can trust with the details of your case and knows exactly how to navigate law.

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