You chose the attorney you hired because of referrals from a few friends. They all loved working with the attorney, so you thought you would, too.
Unfortunately, your case is slightly different, and your attorney has been less than straightforward with you. They don’t return your calls very often, and when they do, they have almost nothing that they can tell you. You’ve paid hundreds so far, but you saw very little progress made. Eventually, you started to question whether your attorney really knew how to handle your claim — and you’re suspicious that your case isn’t getting the attention (or work) it deserves.
If your attorney is failing you, you could be a victim of malpractice
It’s important to remember that lawsuits don’t come with guaranteed outcomes, but If your attorney isn’t producing the results you expected because of delays or negligence, there is a potential that this could be a case of malpractice. What’s true negligence? Look for things like:
- Failing to return your calls in a timely manner
- Breaching their fiduciary duties
- Performing incorrect title searches
- Providing ineffective assistance and counsel
- Failing to tell you about all your options or an offer
- Failing to file paperwork on time
When you work with an attorney, they have an obligation to represent you at the standard set by the legal community. If they are not able to, they should pass your case onto someone who can provide you with the services that you need.
What can you do if you believe you’re a victim of malpractice?
It’s a good idea to get in touch with another attorney who can handle your case as soon as you can, so you can minimize any damage that you can. On our website, you’ll see a number of situations in which you could potentially file a claim for legal malpractice as well as information on what you should do if you believe that malpractice has taken place.