Legal Malpractice: Do I Have a Good Case Against My Former Attorney?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Legal Malpractice: Do I Have a Good Case Against My Former Attorney?

To win a legal malpractice case, you must prove the following: Attorney-Client Relationship. This simply means your attorney owes a professional duty to you, the client. Attorney Carelessness. Your attorney failed to provide ordinary service that met recognized standards of practice and ethics. This is difficult to prove in court and often requires written or verbal testimony from an objective, knowledgeable third party. Attorney Directly Caused Harm. Your attorney’s carelessness caused you to lose an otherwise...

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Legal Malpractice: Fiduciary Responsibility

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Legal Malpractice: Fiduciary Responsibility

When a client hires an attorney, it becomes the attorney’s duty to act in the client’s best interest. Part of this responsibility could involve managing finances. Fiduciary obligation (or fiduciary duty) arises when there is a certain trust in an attorney to act on behalf of the client and to act as though it were benefiting the attorney (fiduciary) personally.  Assets don’t necessarily have to be money, and might be property, real estate or anything else worth money.  Often, if an attorney acting as a fiduciary...

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Legal Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs from FindLaw

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Can I initiate a legal malpractice lawsuit if my lawyer failed to file paperwork on time? It is difficult to win a legal malpractice lawsuit. A client will need to establish several factors in order to prevail. The most common type of legal malpractice occurs because of negligence, the breach of a fiduciary duty, or a breach of contract. Learn more by reading: Legal Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs –...

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Legal Malpractice: What to Do If You Can’t Reach Your Lawyer

Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Legal Malpractice: What to Do If You Can’t Reach Your Lawyer

When you can’t get in touch with your lawyer, it’s difficult to know when to be patient and when to take action. In fact, poor communication is one of the most common complaints filed with state bar associations. Unfortunately, there is no clear and easy solution to the problem. Correspondence: What Are My Lawyer’s Duties to Me?  Lawyers handle many cases at a time, and the speed of replies isn’t always an indicator of a lawyer’s skill. In general, your lawyers should provide you with an explanation and overview...

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Meehan Law Firm Appointed Trustee Over Files of Disbarred Lawyer Jonathan McKee

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Meehan Law Firm Appointed Trustee Over Files of Disbarred Lawyer Jonathan McKee

On October 21, 2011, the St. Louis County Circuit Court appointed William K. Meehan and the Meehan Law Firm as Trustees over the files of the previously-disbarred attorney, Missouri disbarred attorney Jonathan McKee.  The action was prompted by numerous reports that Mr. McKee had not turned over client files to his former clients, nor had he notified them of his disbarment in violation of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules. The Meehan Law Firm was instrumental in bringing this matter to the attention of the Office...

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Legal Malpractice: What To Do if Your Case Was Mishandled

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Legal Malpractice: What To Do if Your Case Was Mishandled

When you lose a lawsuit, you may find yourself unsatisfied with the legal services rendered. How do you know if you have a case for legal malpractice? Read on for some guidelines in handling a mismanaged case. Lost Lawsuit: Is My Lawyer at Fault? In order to be at fault for lost cases, lawyers must be guilty of legal malpractice – a failure to provide competent and professional legal service that resulted in damage to you, the client. Negligence is the most common form of malpractice. Lawyers have a duty to...

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