Schwartz & Ponterio, PLLC holds lawyers responsible for legal malpractice.

How could an attorney put your case at risk?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Legal Malpractice

Finding someone to represent you in a legal dispute can be challenging. A quick scan of the internet will bring up so many people vying for your business.

Sadly some of them turn out to be a disappointment. They end up losing a case they should really have won.

If any of the following applies, you may want to consider holding them responsible:

They entered an arena of law without the required knowledge

Attorneys need to understand the limits of their knowledge and stick to it. In the same way that you wouldn’t want a baseball player on your team in a basketball final, you need someone experienced in the area of law you need.

They were late

Deadlines are crucial. An attorney who misses them could cost you your case because a court may refuse to accept their submission.

They failed to supervise their staff

Maybe it was the 25-year-old, fresh out of law school legal assistant’s job to do a certain thing. Yet if they do not do it, the buck must rest higher up the chain.

They did not carry out sufficient preparation

No attorney will win every case, yet some win so many that they get overconfident. Someone on a winning streak may assume they can walk in and win over the courtroom on charm alone. An unknown opponent who has done their homework may beat them on the kind of small details that adequate research would have highlighted.

If you believe your attorney let you down, seek help to understand if you can bring a legal malpractice case against them.