Legal malpractice can make an already serious problem even worse. When your attorney does not act with your best interest in mind, you could lose important resources and find yourself reliving the trauma you have tried to put in your past.
A challenging part of legal malpractice is establishing enough evidence to prove that your attorney acted in a way that breached the standard of care.
Identifying at-risk areas
While legal malpractice could happen in any area of law, certain areas see more malpractice cases than others. According to the American Bar Association, the three highest risk areas include the following:
- Personal injury
- Real estate
- Family Law
One of the most common reasons that malpractice happens is because attorneys neglect to investigate all angles of a case. Asking questions and providing detailed information about your case can help you reduce the risk of legal malpractice.
Before you begin working with an attorney, know what the signs of malpractice are. Some things to watch for include your attorney missing deadlines or not knowing important laws that impact your case. Other warning signs include your attorney neglecting to keep you informed and making decisions about your case without getting your input.
When you know what to watch for you can take action before it is too late. If you suspect legal malpractice, begin documenting all of your interactions. Highlight suspicious behavior and include dates too. Having a timeline of communication between you and your attorney may provide instrumental support when you need to prove that your attorney acted negligently and compromised your case as a result.