When you hire an attorney, you do so with the idea that they’ll assist you with your legal problem in an effective manner based on the terms and conditions of your agreement.
But soon enough you may realize that your attorney is not providing the level of service or professionalism you’ve come to expect. This may lead you to learn more about filing a legal malpractice claim.
If you have reason to believe you’re the victim of legal malpractice, here are the steps you can take to address your concerns:
- Talk it out: Don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, share your concerns with your attorney, ask questions and get a better understanding of whether they can address the issue at hand. You may find that they’re more than wiling to work things out and that they’re sincerely sorry for what went wrong.
- Collect evidence: It’s not good enough to simply state that your attorney made a mistake. You need evidence that backs up your claim, such as proof that your attorney is overcharging you or that they missed a filing deadline. The more evidence you can collect, the easier it is to prove that you were a victim of legal malpractice.
- Don’t wait: Don’t wait around in the hope that your attorney will get everything back on track. And don’t wait around to file a legal malpractice lawsuit if you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the logical next step.
Many people shy away from filing a legal malpractice claim because they already have an unresolved legal issue. So, if they proceed, they’ll have the original problem on their hands, as well as the lawsuit against their attorney.
While it may not be the ideal situation, a legal claim may be the only way to hold your original attorney responsible for their actions.
You have the legal right to discharge your attorney at any time, so don’t hesitate to take action should you feel that you’re not getting the service you deserve or you’ve been the victim of malpractice. Once you put the wheels in motion, you’ll feel better about your ability to proceed with both legal cases.