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Legal malpractice attorneys focus their practices in the area of law dealing with attorneys and other professionals' acts below the standard of care.
Legal malpractice attorneys deal with many forms of legal and professional malpractice including, but not limited to:
- Breach of Contract
- Missing the Statute of Limitations
- Incorrect Title Searches in Real Estate Transactions
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and Consumer Protection Statutes
- Conflict of Interest
- Substandard Performance causing Economic Harm
- Charging Excessive Fees
For legal malpractice attorneys and or professional malpractice attorneys cases, a plaintiff must generally prove:
- The existence of an attorney-client or professional-client relationship.
- Acts constituting negligence or breach of contract.
- That such acts caused the plaintiff's damages.
- Without the legal malpractice/professional malpractice, the plaintiff would have been successful in the underlying action.
A legal or professional negligence lawsuit usually becomes a "case within a case." The first consideration is whether the original legal malpractice attorney or professional was negligent. The second issue is whether the first case or action would have been successful.
Should I hire a Legal Malpractice Attorney?
The laws pertaining to attorney and professional malpractice are complicated and open to a lot of interpretation. For those defending against a malpractice suit legal or professional malpractice attorney would be best qualified to determine whether the plaintiff has a valid case and what steps he or she must take to defend you and yield the best possible results for you. Plaintiffs and their attorneys can get valuable advice and legal counsel before proceeding with a legal malpractice lawsuit to determine if there is a case and what steps to take if there is one, including the possibility of settling out of court or going ahead and taking it to litigation. Use the form on this page to find a legal or legal malpractice attorney that best suits your needs and legal situation.
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