When you hire a lawyer, you expect nothing less than prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and ethical representation. At the Lange Law Corporation, we understand that people may not always see eye-to-eye with their lawyers. You might not click with your attorney, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she was incompetent or unethical – it may simply have been a difference in personalities or a miscommunication. However, like some Californians, you might have been subjected to legal malpractice, which is an entirely different situation.
Poor legal representation can be costly, both in terms of potentially losing your case and losing a significant amount of money. FindLaw explains several ways people can experience legal malpractice, including the following:
- Your lawyer is a no-show at important court hearings and legal appointments.
- The phone calls, emails, text messages and letters you send to your attorney remain unaddressed.
- Your attorney accepted a bribe or otherwise broke the law during your case.
- Your attorney deliberately misled you or lied to you or the judge.
- Your lawyer failed to file important paperwork in time.
Understandably, you would feel upset and betrayed if your attorney’s conduct resembles legal malpractice. You might also feel worried about your case and wonder where to go next. Firing your lawyer and seeking new counsel may be appropriate, as well as speaking to your new lawyer about filing a legal malpractice case. However, you may first attempt to smooth things over with your current attorney, in case there is something you didn’t know about. For example, there may have been a simple mistake in communication, or your attorney might have experienced a personal emergency. If his or her conduct was a genuine mistake, chances are your attorney will attempt to right the wrong, which may save you some hassle.
Our page on legal malpractice explains your rights if you were harmed by professional misconduct.