Legal malpractice: Proving it in Colorado

As someone who was relying on a legal professional's help, there's nothing worse than realizing he or she made mistakes or didn't take your case seriously. Legal malpractice is a serious problem, and you have every right to work with a new attorney to make sure you get your case heard against the attorney who cost you everything.

Attorneys have a responsibility to their clients. They need to have timely communications and to take steps to make sure they understand all aspects of a case. They need to understand the laws that apply to the case and be prepared for a trial if one is necessary. If you find that your attorney was ill-prepared for court, failed to show up on time or made other errors, you could have a good reason for a claim.

Filing a case against an attorney isn't easy. You're at a disadvantage, since you don't know the laws as well as the attorney does. This is why it's important to work with someone versed in law and someone who is familiar with legal malpractice litigation.

If an attorney makes an actual mistake, you need to provide evidence to win your case. You need to show that the mistake or negligence of your attorney led to you losing a case or losing money. In Colorado, you need to take steps to have another attorney confirm that your case has merit. You have 60 days to do this once you start a legal malpractice claim. Failing to do so could mean you lose your right to pursue your claim.

Source: Lexology, "Five mistakes to avoid when facing a legal malpractice claim," accessed Dec. 14, 2017

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