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Is there a link between attorney substance abuse and malpractice?

If you count yourself among the many people across California who have ever needed legal representation, you probably placed a lot of faith in your attorney, hoping that he or she would do everything in his or her power to help you win your case. When attorneys abuse alcohol or other substances, however, it can hinder their ability to appropriately and adequately represent you.

What is the case-within-a-case method?

If you have been involved in a legal malpractice case, you may feel deceived and abandoned by the person you appointed to protect your best interests. Whether the attorney you hired to represent you neglected to file the correct documents, pursue the best route of action or used some other form of bad lawyering, you have the right to file a claim against them. There are several methods you can use to prove the attorney was negligent in his or her actions. One involves the case-within-a-case method.

What are the top causes of legal malpractice?

While the risks of you getting an incompetent lawyer in California are low, it does happen. In those cases, you might have the option to take your former representative to court under claims of legal malpractice. The type of claim you make would depend on your specific circumstances.

Proving negligence in a legal malpractice case

If you live in California and have reason to hire an attorney, you want to feel confident in his or her abilities, and you want to feel assured that the investment you make is worth it. Regrettably, however, not all attorneys behave ethically at all times, leaving some clients wondering if they may be able to file a legal malpractice claims in their case’s aftermaths. At Lange Law Corporation, we have a firm understanding of what it takes to win a legal malpractice case based on negligence, and we have assisted many clients who suffered losses because of their attorneys’ actions pursue appropriate recourse.

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.

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