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What kinds of actions are legal malpractice?

Legal malpractice can be a serious problem for people who are trying to move forward with a claim. While they're putting their faith into an attorney, that attorney isn't taking the case seriously or is making mistakes that cost their clients time and money. Sometimes, those mistakes cause the client to lose the case completely.

There are a few different actions that could lead to a legal malpractice case. For example, if your attorney does not communicate well with you, he or she could miss deadlines or not get back to you on the things you need to do. This puts your case at risk of failing in court and isn't acceptable behavior. Attorneys should get back to you as quickly as possible and in accordance with any contract you have.

Another issue is if your attorney is dishonest. While the majority of attorneys are good people who work hard on their clients' behalves, some are dishonest. They may misuse your money, lie to you or fail to show up when you need them in court. Those acts are a violation of legal ethics, and you can file a lawsuit if your attorney treats you in that manner.

Most importantly, it's key to understand that you're an attorney's client and that you should be respected. If you feel your attorney is not taking your case seriously, you can reach out to a different attorney for his or her take on the situation. He or she may let you know that the actions are normal, but if the situation is bad enough, your new attorney may be able to help you file a lawsuit.

Source: FindLaw, "Legal Malpractice Claims," accessed June 09, 2017

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