Legal malpractice can put a person in a horrible situation. Someone who was already dealing with a difficult situation now has a second problem to deal with. He or she may have lost out on financial benefits or gains from a case simply because of his or her attorney's negligence and errors.
Legal malpractice is a frustrating experience. There are several forms to watch out for. Here are some that you may experience if you work with a negligent attorney.
Dishonesty is one of the worst things to deal with in a legal sense. When an attorney is dishonest, he or she may give you the impression that you'll win a case only to spend thousands and walk away with a bill a mile long. Dishonest attorneys may misuse your money or lie to you or a judge.
2. Communication problems
Communication problems are another issue that can lead to financial losses. It's vital that documents are filed on time with the courts. If your attorney delays and makes your case take longer or is negligent and causes your case to fall outside the statute of limitations, you may have a case against him or her for malpractice.
3. Billing issues
Billing issues can also be a sign of dishonesty or negligence. Imagine having a case drag out for many weeks only to receive a bill that states that the attorney has worked dozens of hours on your case. Despite that, nothing is moving forward. You may be suspicious, and you should be. Ask for an itemized bill, so you know exactly what the attorney did during the times he or she is billing for.
Attorneys must be honest and dedicated to their clients. If they aren't, it can cost their clients thousands of dollars or result in the loss of a case entirely. If this has affected you, consider having another attorney review the case for signs of negligence.