Legal malpractice may not be something you have personally had experience with, but it could happen to anyone in California. The problem occurs when an attorney does not uphold his or her obligations to a client. It can happen for many reasons, but there some specific ones that can be avoided if the attorney is more upfront with his or her clients. Here's a look at some situations that Fox News notes could lead to legal malpractice suits.
One situation is when your attorney does not know the law well enough to properly represent you. It is essential that your attorney tells you if he or she is not knowledgeable in the area of law in which you are requesting help. Not every attorney knows every area of law. They typically specialize. So, when you need a legal matter handled, you should always look for an attorney that works in that area.
Another issue occurs when you are not clear on the costs of the attorney's services. It is common for people to end up getting very little from a win in court because they did not understand how much they were being charged. Make sure your attorney gives you a detailed explanation of what you will be charged for and how it will be charged. In some cases, you may find that it is not even worth your time to go to court because if you win, you will not get enough money for your time and effort. This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.