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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.

What is lawyer competence?

Many legal malpractice lawsuits in California hinge on the lawyer's competence. However, do you really understand what competence means and how it relates to the legal services you received from that attorney? These are important concepts to understand if you want to evaluate your legal malpractice case. 

How can I fire my attorney?

When you hire an attorney in California, it is reasonable for you to have certain expectations about how your attorney will represent you and handle your case. If your lawyer does not live up to your expectations or you otherwise feel you cannot work with him or her anymore, then you will need to end the relationship. 

What is the statute of limitations on legal malpractice?

If you feel that you have a malpractice case against your lawyer in California, then it is important you understand the concept of the statute of limitations. This is the time in which you have to file your case. If you fail to file within the statute of limitations, you no longer can do it and lose all rights to sue for malpractice for this situation.

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