When you encounter a legal problem and need to hire a California attorney, you expect that (s)he will have the education, knowledge, skill, competence and background to adequately advise and represent you. But human beings being what we are, sometimes an attorney makes a mistake. When your attorney makes one, does (s)he have the obligation to tell you about it?
Lawyers in California and elsewhere have the right to make an income. They provide an invaluable service to clients, especially those who seek to defend themselves against accusations or who have been harmed by the negligent actions of others. However, clients are also protected against unprofessional or illegal treatment by unscrupulous attorneys. In some cases, legal malpractice involves law firms that have charged clients excessive or illegal fees.
Most legal malpractice cases stem from an attorney’s failure to communicate with their client. Even if the client isn’t completely aware of how the proceedings should go, that doesn’t excuse their lawyers from not updating them on crucial developments. With how much is at stake in these scenarios and how much clients are paying an attorney, they deserve to know about any major pending changes to the case.