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If malpractice affected your case, you may want to sue

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2020 | Legal Malpractice

You were unhappy with the way you were represented by your past attorney. You lost your case, but there were multiple ways they made errors throughout that are completely their fault. They forgot to bring paperwork for the judge to review. Once, they completely missed court. They didn’t talk to you before court to discuss what you should wear or what you should do when speaking with the judge.

In the end, you feel that a lack of proper representation cost you your case. You want to make sure that the attorney compensates you, because you are very unhappy with how they acted while working with you.

If you want to hold an attorney liable for legal malpractice, start off with gathering evidence

If you intend to sue or file a claim, you’ll need to gather evidence to support what you say happened. Get a copy of the transcripts from the court, for example, so that you can show when the attorney didn’t come to court or made a mistake while speaking or presenting evidence.

After you gather evidence, the next step is to fire that attorney and talk to a new attorney who specializes in legal malpractice law. Give copies of anything relevant to your case to your new attorney, so that they can review what happened and talk to you about how you can resolve your case most effectively.

Are there alternatives to suing?

Sometimes, there are alternatives to suing your old attorney. It can be expensive to take a legal malpractice case to court, and you could decide that it’s not worth your time. Still, you do have the right to report the lawyer to the state disciplinary board. If you still have time or the ability to pursue your original case in court, then your new attorney may be able to assist with that as well.

In the end, if you decide that it is appropriate to sue your attorney, then you will want to build a strong case and make sure you have plenty of evidence to show how they were incompetent, neglectful or violated your contract in other ways.

If you can present that evidence in a clear manner that distinctly shows how the attorney failed to meet the standards of the legal community, then you will have a good opportunity to sue them and win the case. This can be a complex problem to deal with, but your new attorney can help you build a strong case.