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An attorney's responsibility to a client

People in California may have a variety of situations in their lives that require them to seek the input and advice of an attorney. Whether seeking consultation regarding debt relief, divorce, a criminal charge or something completely different, a client should carefully assess a lawyer's ability to fulfill their obligations before selecting a lawyer to work with. If a client engages in a relationship with an attorney, continued vigilance is important to ensure that the original trust bestowed on the lawyer is earned and maintained.

Reasons an attorney may withdraw from your case

If you are working with an attorney in California and he or she suddenly withdraws from the case, this can be problematic, especially if the case has been going on for a while. While you may be able to take legal action against the lawyer, you should also know that there are some valid reasons why an attorney may withdraw and still be within the confines of the law.

Alcoholism, depression common among American attorneys

Hiring an attorney to represent you in a California legal matter typically requires a substantial investment, and, chances are, you expect that the person you hire will do everything in his or her power to make your investment worthwhile. Regrettably, though, many people who hire attorneys find that they do not live up to expectations, and in some cases, alcohol abuse or depression can contribute to inferior or insufficient performance. At Lange Law Corporation, we recognize that there are high incidences of alcoholism and depression among American attorneys, and we also understand how these and other problems can affect an attorney’s ability to advocate on your behalf.

There is always evidence in a strong legal malpractice case

California lawyers enjoy relatively unique protections that could have a profound impact on your legal malpractice claim. Specifically, you may not be able to use any of the details of your mediation. However, we want you to know that the Lange Law Corporation is here to help establish your case to the greatest extent possible despite these challenges.

Understanding conflicts of interest

There can be many situations in which you may need to seek the advice of a lawyer in California. Regardless of the reason for which you seek legal counsel, you always deserve to know that the attorney you hire is able to provide unbiased and fair representation for you. An attorney's interests in other matters or other people may prevent this from happening. If this does, it may be considered a conflict of interest.

How should an attorney perform ethically with my assets?

Depending on the case involved, a California attorney may hold some of the assets or property of a client for a period of time. According to the American Bar Association, the kind of care an attorney should exercise when holding the assets of a client should be consistent with how a professional fiduciary would perform. A failure on the part of an attorney to demonstrate this care may qualify as legal malpractice.

Filing a complaint against your California attorney

When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a California legal matter, you likely do so with the utmost confidence that the person you chose will advocate on your behalf and act with your best interests in mind. Regrettably, however, some attorneys fail to do this, and if yours is among them, you may want to seek recourse. At Lange Law Corporation, we understand how frustrating it can be when your attorney drops the ball, and we have helped many people who found themselves in similar situations pursue solutions that fit their needs.

When negligent legal professionals deny wrongdoing

We have examined multiple issues related to legal malpractice on this blog, from some of the reasons why legal professionals are more likely to make mistakes and mishandle cases to the consequences associated with legal malpractice. Unfortunately, these situations can be very difficult for those who are subjected to legal malpractice, and some may be unsure of their options or decide to remain silent for various reasons. For example, a negligent legal professional may deny any wrongdoing and tell a client that they do not have any options. However, this is not always true.

What are some examples of legal malpractice?

When taking a case to court in California, you expect your legal team to dilligently advocate on your behalf. Unfortunately, some attorneys are not on the side of their clients, either due to negligence or intentional misuse of the law. This is considered legal malpractice and it can have a devastating impact on a client in many different ways. Identifying legal malpractice can be a bit challenging, which is why HG.org offers the following examples.

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