Californian residents like you rely on legal professionals during your most difficult times. So what do you do when those professionals let you down? Today, Lange Law Corporation takes a look at how you can tell if you have a legal malpractice case on your hands.
First, you must be able to provide evidence that the lawyer owed you a duty to represent you with full competence. Next, you must show that they failed to perform this duty through carelessness, negligence, or malicious intent. The actions (or lack thereof) that your attorney took must have directly resulted in your harm. Finally, because of that harm, you must have suffered from a financial loss.
Unfortunately, it can actually be harder than anticipated to meet these requirements. For example, a person may believe that there is a conflict of interest because their attorney is friends with the opposition’s attorney. However, the court will likely not view the bonds between attorneys as a source of conflict unless they are immediate relatives. Even then, it will likely not be a strong case.
Because of how difficult it can be to make a case, many people in your situation turn to legal professionals who specialize in legal malpractice. Are you in a situation in which you believe that the negligence of your attorney has cost you your case or more? If so, you can take a look at our web page on legal malpractice, which is linked above. You can also contact an attorney to explore your options.