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3 common causes of legal malpractice claims

If you live in California and hire an attorney, chances are, you have full faith in his or her ability to properly represent you and act on your behalf. Regrettably, however, attorneys are not immune to making errors, but when the stakes are high, some errors are unacceptable. At Lange Law Corporation, we understand how devastating it can be if you devote time and resources to a particular attorney who fails to properly represent you, and we have helped many clients faced with such scenarios seek appropriate recourse.

Settlement offers in legal malpractice cases

California lawyers make mistakes, and some of these errors amount to legal malpractice. Most attorneys take accusations of malpractice seriously: These are allegations that could conceivably stunt a career if the prosecution proves them to be true. Guilty verdicts in malpractice cases also result in significant stains on an entire firm's reputation. These dire consequences often lead to large firms employing malpractice defense lawyers. In addition, defendants tend to do whatever is in their power to settle outside of court if it seems the evidence would result in an unfavorable decision for the defense. 

What can you do if you are unhappy with your lawyer?

If you are like many California residents, a time may come when you need to hire an attorney. Maybe you need a divorce attorney, or perhaps you are in search of someone who can defend you on a criminal charge or help you out after an accident. Regardless of the type of attorney you hire, in doing so, you enter into a relationship with this person, and given how much of an investment hiring a lawyer can prove to be, you want to feel confident in the person you entrust to work on your behalf.

A lower-than-expected settlement – is it legal malpractice?

Maybe you were in a car accident and needed legal representation, or perhaps you slipped on a greasy restaurant floor and had to call a lawyer to help with your case. Either way, you expected a professional, competent attorney to guide you through the process and help you recoup medical and other expenses. California residents can reasonably hold those expectations of a lawyer they hire, but what if he or she does not live up to expectations? 

You have the sole right to settle or not

Whether it’s in a civil or criminal proceeding, the negotiating skills of a California lawyer are vital to working out a settlement to your case. However, the one thing you should not hear is that your lawyer has agreed to a settlement on your behalf. If your attorney has accepted a settlement without your consent, you may have been a victim of legal malpractice.

Fraudulent misrepresentation of facts is legal malpractice

Your attorney must fulfill certain legal duties when representing you in California or U.S. courts, and breach of these may result in litigation if the actions or failure to act causes you harm. We at the Lange Law Corporation understand the process necessary for holding an attorney liable when he or she commits fraud.

Are my emails to my attorney privileged?

If you are like most California residents, you probably believe that anything you say to your attorney is privileged, meaning that he or she cannot divulge it to anyone else without your consent; that is, without your agreement to waive the attorney-client privilege. You also probably believe that if your attorney does disclose any of your information to someone else without your permission, you can sue him or her for legal malpractice.

The safety of your confidential information in a malpractice case

When you hired your attorney in California, you shared personal and business information with him or her as the two of you worked on your case together. Now, you believe your attorney behaved unethically, and you may have grounds to sue. What about the information you shared, though? Is it safe? The legal team at Lange Law Corporation has a thorough understanding of the laws regarding confidentiality.

What is a case-within-a-case?

Legal malpractice can be tricky. It is not always easy to prove such a case in a California court. However, if you feel you have been wronged by an attorney, it is your right to seek damages in court. One of the main points when proving a legal malpractice case, as explained by Plaintiff Magazine, is proving the case-within-a-case.

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