Legal malpractice is a sensitive subject for some attorneys. However, the legal malpractice attorneys of Finney Law Office, LLC do not shy away from this area of law. We know that mistakes happen in the practice of law and clients who suffer damages from these mistakes need expert legal counsel to advise them of their legal rights and represent them in a legal malpractice claim. We are not intimidated or uncomfortable suing other attorneys who have committed legal malpractice.
If you believe that an attorney has mishandled your case, contact our office at 314-888-5198 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. The legal malpractice attorneys of Finney Law Office, LLC understand it may be difficult for you to trust an attorney again; however, we want to help you repair the damage that has been done because your case was not handled as it should have been by your previous attorney.
What Types of Legal Malpractice Claims Do We Handle?
For some attorneys, handling a legal malpractice claim against a fellow attorney is uncomfortable; however, we believe that every client deserves honest and competent legal representation. When an attorney fails to provide competent legal representation or intentionally places their best interest before your best interest, we fight to ensure that the attorney is held liable for the damages caused by his or her actions.
Common types of legal malpractice claims include:
Breach of Contract
Legal malpractice claims related to breach of contract include fee disputes with your attorney and your attorney discontinuing representation without notifying you that you are no longer represented by counsel.
Negligence is one of the most common reasons we see for legal malpractice claims. Negligence is the failure to use the reasonable care that a prudent person would exercise or to exercise the skill, diligence, and ordinary care expected of an attorney in the same or similar situation. Examples of attorney negligence include failing to prepare adequately; failing to communicate settlement offers to the client; missing deadlines and failing to file lawsuits prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations; failing to research current case law and statutes; and, failing to adhere to court orders.
Breach of Fiduciary
An attorney has a fiduciary relationship with his or her client to protect the client’s best interest. When an attorney does not act in the best interest of his or her client, the client may have a claim for legal malpractice. Examples of matters that fall under this category of legal malpractice include theft, embezzlement or misuse of trust funds (funds belonging to the client); representing clients who have a conflict of interest; fraud; improper sexual advances; settling a case without the client’s consent; violating consumer protection laws; and, covering up mistakes to avoid liability.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Legal Malpractice Claim
If you have a legal malpractice claim, you need attorneys who have extensive knowledge of the fiduciary duty owed by an attorney to his or her client. When an attorney breaches the standard of care owed to the client, that attorney should be held accountable for any damages caused by that breach.
Contact the experienced St. Louis legal malpractice attorneys of Finney Law Office, LLC by calling our office at 314-888-5198 to schedule a free consultation.