When a lawyer fails a client

At Lange Law Corporation, we are interested in various aspects of California law. Here is some of our knowledge regarding one specific area: Legal malpractice claims. You have probably heard about other realms of malpractice, particularly cases involving doctors, but accountants, lawyers and other professionals are also occasionally liable for their negligent acts.

One of the core tenets of legal professionalism states that your attorney should always act in a way that deserves your trust. To this end, the code clearly outlines your lawyer’s responsibilities. Even so, determining whether or not, or in what way, your legal representative breached this trust is often a challenging and complicated process.

Most of the questions we receive on this topic regard the specific actions or omissions that define legal malpractice. We often provide the following common examples of attorney fault:

  • Unreported conflicting interests
  • Missing important deadlines, including those in the statute of limitations
  • Untrustworthy behavior, also known as a breach of fiduciary duty
  • Unethical accounting practices

Please keep in mind that this is far from a complete list of actionable behaviors. It only complicates the process further when you consider that there are other forms of attorney misconduct aside from legal malpractice. This complexity is the primary reason that many people commit themselves to a thorough investigation before pursuing any formal action.

For more insight into what could happen when lawyers are derelict in their duties, please visit our main page. We also have information about various forms of malpractice cases, such as those involving doctors or other trusted professionals.