The Importance of a Legal Malpractice Attorney in New Jersey
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When civil matters are taken to court, it's expected that both sides will be represented by competent lawyers who will fight for their client's best interests. However, sometimes lawyers make mistakes that can cost their clients dearly. This is known as legal malpractice, and it can take many different forms.
Only an experienced lawyer will be able to assess your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim.
What is legal malpractice?
Many people are not aware that you can sue a lawyer. But when a lawyer mishandles your case, or if you think you didn't get the type of legal service you wanted, you may have grounds for a malpractice lawsuit and should discuss your issues with Kenneth S. Thyne, Esquire, an experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney.
Was your lawyer negligent?
What does it take?
Legal malpractice arises when a lawyer is negligent in the handling of a client’s case, and the client’s case is damaged thereby. To prevail in a legal malpractice case, a client must prove:
- There was an attorney/client relationship
- The attorney’s representation of the client negligently fell below the applicable standard of care
- The acts or omissions of the attorney which amount to negligence caused the client’s harm
- The extent and nature of the harm
Common Legal Malpractice in New Jersey
Some examples of legal malpractice include:
- Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations
- Missing other important deadlines in the case
- Not properly preparing for trial
- Not complying with orders from the court
- Representing another client to your disadvantage
- Lying to you about important case information
- Not telling you about settlement offers
- Settling your case for less than it was worth without your approval
- Inappropriately using money belonging to you
- Pressuring you to settle for an unreasonably inadequate settlement
- Failing to conduct needed discovery
- Abandoning your case unreasonably
- Failing to file important court documents
- Failing to properly conduct discovery
- Not identifying and hiring expert witnesses in support of a claim
- Not disclosing a conflict of interest
- Not seeking authorization from a client prior to agreeing to a settlement
- Failing to give the proper advice or draft the appropriate documents in a business or real estate transaction
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If you believe that you have been the victim of legal malpractice, please contact our firm to discuss your case. Most lawyers have insurance which will cover legal malpractice claims. You may have a strong opinion about your attorney’s performance and their role in your loss, but whether a case exists for legal malpractice should be answered by an experienced attorney. There is no fee for the initial legal consultation and if we conclude that your case merits it, we may offer to take your case on a contingency basis.
Contact Simon Law Group, LLC today and speak with a New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyer, Mr. Kenneth Thyne by calling 800-709-1131 or click below and fill out a form and we will call you.
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