When you hire a legal professional in California, you expect he or she will do a good job and fight for you to the best of his or her ability. However, there are times when an attorney fails to do his or her job. What can you do when you are not happy with the work your legal representative is doing? The American Bar Association offers some suggestions to help you know if you are looking at a legal malpractice issue or if it is something less serious.
If you are in a situation where you are unhappy with your lawyer because the case did not turn out the way you wanted, then it most likely is not a malpractice issue. Sometimes, you lose. That is life. If you were content with your legal representation up to the end, then the chances are pretty good that you are just upset about the outcome and not the actual work your attorney did. Another example is if you have a personality clash with your attorney or you do not see eye-to-eye on how to proceed. In cases like this, it is probably best to look for a new attorney.
It is a completely different situation when your attorney is not doing his or her work. If your attorney fails to file documents, gather evidence or do other important work that affects your case's outcome, then this is more in line with a malpractice issue. Your lawyer has an obligation to you when he or she takes your case to work to the best of his or her ability to get you the outcome desired. While there is no guarantee you will win, the attorney should still do everything possible to try to win.You should look into filing a lawsuit so the attorney can be investigated for malpractice. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.