Clayton Divorce Law firm Haunted By Use of Emails

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

This month saw a well-known Clayton law firm, the Hais Law Firm, embroiled in controversy over the unauthorized use of an opponent’s e-mails in divorce litigation.  The case stems from a custody dispute that was conducted before the Hon. Barbara Wallace in St. Louis County in March 2011.  At that time, the Court was shocked to find out that the Hais Law firm had used unauthorized e-mails that had been hacked by Hais’ client.  Judge Wallace found in her Order that the Haises had knowingly utilized the e-mails and...

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Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Homepage Featured, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

A new development in the representation of divorce clients has been the adoption of evergreen retainer arrangements. Several firms that advertise for domestic litigation, notably Cordell & Cordell, require clients to provide them with unrestricted access to a credit card that automatically renews the retainer to some arranged amount. This is known as an evergreen retainer. The danger in such an arrangement is that it grants a law firm unlimited access to funds and serves as an incentive to generate as many...

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St. Louis Attorney Steals from Clients

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Stephen Evans, a lawyer who had his office in South St. Louis, pled guilty to fraud through stealing settlement checks belonging to his clients. To read the full story, click here.

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Legal Malpractice: Should I Take My Attorney to Small Claims Court?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Legal Malpractice: Should I Take My Attorney to Small Claims Court?

Legal malpractice cases have a high burden of proof, and it is often difficult to find legal representation while pursuing a lawsuit against another attorney. Some people choose to lower the stakes and take their attorney to small claims court where attorney representation is often unnecessary. This is typically not a smart or easy solution, however. According to a study by the National Center for State Courts, 20% of defendants in small claims court win outright. In another 20% of the cases, the defendant is...

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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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