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  • Stewart Sutton

    Legal Malpractice Attorney
    Law Office of Stewart Andrew Sutton, LLC Firm Rating

    8 Executive Park Court
    Germantown, MD 20874

    phone(301) 916-5000

    Florida Legal Malpractice attorneys at Wagner McLaughlin understand you have been misrepresented in the past and want to make sure you get the compensation and representation you deserve. In order to help all those in need, we created a nationwide directory to help you find a legal malpractice attorney based on where the legal malpractice occurred.

  • Legal Malpractice FAQ's

    • What Do You Mean By "Legal Malpractice"?

      Legal malpractice refers to the negligence of a lawyer while representing a client. An attorney is negligent when he or she fails to use reasonable care under the circumstances. To recover on a claim of legal malpractice, you have to show not only that your lawyer was negligent but also that you suffered damage because of that negligence. Typically that involves proving that you would have won your case had your lawyer not been negligent.

    • How Long Do I Have to Sue My Lawyer for Legal Malpractice?

      Generally speaking, you have two years to sue your attorney for legal malpractice, but knowing exactly when the two-year clock starts to run can be tricky. The safest course of action is to consult with a lawyer, experienced in handling legal-malpractice claims, as quickly as possible. Once knowing all of the facts, your new lawyer can advise you as to exactly when the applicable statute of limitations will run.

    • What Kinds of Actions Constitute Legal Malpractice?

      Whether your attorney has been negligent depends a great deal on the facts of each case. While it is impossible to list all circumstances that could give rise to a legal malpractice claim, some more typical scenarios include when your attorney misses an important deadline in the case, such as a statute of limitations, or fails to properly research the facts or the law governing your claim.

    • How Long Will My Legal Malpractice Case Last?

      Cases vary considerably in their duration, which is influenced by many factors, including the complexity of the underlying claim and the eagerness of the defendant or his or her insurance company to cooperate. While some cases can be settled fairly quickly, the average legal malpractice case typically takes two to three years from filing to judgment.

    • Who Will Decide Whether and How Much I Win?

      In Florida, you have the right to a trial by jury if you so choose. After hearing the evidence from witnesses and documents, the jury will decide how much, if any, money damages you are entitled to recover. In all cases, it is the judge who will rule on issues of law and tell the jury what evidence it is allowed to consider.

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    "From the moment I first spoke with Alan Wagner I felt like someone had my back. That alone made me feel so much better immediately. From there he stuck by me, answered my questions, gave me excellent advice and got my case resolved. He is amazing!!! He is the first one I will turn to if I have any legal issues and the first one I will recommend. I can't thank you enough."
    - Dave
    Posted on August 11, 2017
    "After receiving some horrific dental work, I turned to Jason Whittemore for assistance. He listened to my case, made suggestions and then took action! He was professional, attentive and knowledgeable. In addition, because he was able to settle the case without going to court, he didn’t charge me a penny! You can’t ask for better representation. Thank you Jason and team for all you have done for me."
    - Lucie
    Posted on Avvo on March 15, 2017
    "Michael McLaughlin's name was provided to me from a close friend, so I realized immediately that this will be a great choice for my case. Everyone knows word of mouth from a close friend or family member for any type of service is solid. This was evident when I first met Michael 4 days after my accident when he arrived at my private residence. I reached out to him via phone call when I got home from the hospital and he wanted to come to my house the next day to get started - no time was wasted. He was very empathetic, down to earth, and honest with me and my wife concerning what to expect in the next 6 months with my case. He was spot on relating to expectations and what he could make possible in my favor to ease my stress as the months passed. He was devoted and hardworking along with his legal assistant Sharon keeping me aware of the progress of my case and relentless in reducing my medical bills and battling with the insurance companies. Michael also unexpectedly and drastically reduce his fees in order to provide us with additional funds we honestly never expected to obtain. He received an Excellent Rating because he earned it - Thanks Michael for what you accomplished for me and my family. High Recommended! Devoted - Hardworking - Relentless!"
    - John
    Posted on Avvo on February 23, 2017
    "I hired Michael McLaughlin after being involved in a vehicle accident with injury. Michael was very easy to talk with and did not use legal verbiage but explained it very clearly and supported his concerns with clear documentation for my review. The entire time Michael kept me informed of the process and procedures and how each step was important my input and understanding would instrumental to the outcome of my case. His professionalism did not intimate but actually made me comfortable and confident i had hired the right person to protect my interest in this case were not minimized."
    - Douglas
    Posted on January 27, 2017
    "They Fought the Big Guys and Won. After years of litigation against one of the largest corporations in the world, Alan Wagner and his team will be delivering a huge check from the defendants. Thank You. It pays to have a Board Certified Trial Lawyer."
    - W.F. Casey
    Posted on November 22, 2016
    "Mr. Kevin McLaughlin took the time to reply to my questions and concerns relating to a recent incident. I also like that he and the other attorneys in his firm have much experience in specific areas of the law."
    - Rick
    Posted on October 17, 2016
    "Alan Wagner took our case when numerous other lawyers would not. Though he knew that his return on investment would be low, he was willing to accept the case on principle. My wife and I didn't even have time to stop celebrating the fact that someone was willing to take the case before he actually had it settled. All along we were concerned about how much of our money we would ever be able to get back and he got every dime returned to us, with the payment plan in place in a matter of days from accepting the case. I can't say enough about his professionalism, demeanor, and knowledge."
    - Chris
    Posted on Avvo, July 23, 2015
    "I could go on and on about Mr. Alan Wagner. I contacted him via his website and 30 minutes later I was on the phone with him himself. I explained my situation and while we were still on the phone he had sent a runner to the courthouse to get information that I would not have known how to get. He walked me through the entire process and, what had taken years with another attorney, took care of everything in about 90 days."
    - Chris
    Posted on Avvo, January 3, 2012
    "Michael McLaughlin came highly recommended to me by another member of the legal profession. I was told that he and his firm were professional, highly esteemed and ethical as well which was very important to me. Michael was always available to me whether by phone or email. If I had to leave a message, I always heard back from him very quickly. When I thanked him for his time, he always reminded me that he was working for me. Michael kept me fully informed throughout the entire process and was thoughtful and kind. He was always honest and gave me realistic expectations."
    - Tami
    Posted on Avvo, November 17, 2015
    "Mr. Jason Whittemore is a sharp, very responsive, attentive, professional. He always politely spoke the facts. He kept me informed at all times. The end result was that we won. He is the sole reason for winning this unusual case. I highly recommend Mr. Whittemore and if I need an attorney in the future he is first on my list."
    - Aimee
    Posted on Avvo, March 1, 2016
    "Kevin McLaughlin is one of the most honest and hard working people that my husband and I have had the pleasure to deal with. We would both highly recommend him and his whole firm to anyone seeking legal assistance."
    - Laura
    Posted on Avvo, September 22, 2015
    "Alan Wagner provided my sisters and I excellent advice that included a referral to an excellent Tampa estate attorney who was able to clean up a mess created by a Sarasota estate attorney we had hired and another our mother had hired thinking she was preparing her estate carefully. He was always very generous of his time as a sage advisor even though he had no financial gain from our case."
    - Karen Giroux
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    Florida Legal Malpractice Blogs


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    What is Commingling?

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    Lose Your Case Because Your Lawyer Didn’t Properly Investigate? How to Begin Another Case

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    Case Wasn’t Filed in Time? Why You Might Have a Legal Malpractice Case

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    Lawyer Jurisdictions: Did Your Lawyer Practice in a State They Are Not Licensed In?

    Malpractice in the legal industry occurs more often than people realize, and one of the regular problems with malpractice occurs when people hire attorneys who are not licensed in the particular state where the legal issue exists. These types of cases can range from criminal matters to personal injury situations to immigration status hearings. While […]

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    Attorney Failed to Appeal My Case in Time: Do I Have a Case?

    When you’re involved in the legal system, time is always important. Deadlines come and go with no exceptions. If you need to appeal your case, you have only a limited amount of time to file the paperwork. If your attorney fails to appeal your case, they may be liable for Florida legal malpractice. Here’s how […]

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    Legal Malpractice: Financial Misconduct and Misappropriated Funds

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    Legal Malpractice: Inadequate Knowledge of Applicable Law

    You trust your lawyer to protect your rights and defend your interests. Whatever problem you are trying to resolve or compensation you are trying to recover, your lawyer should possess the knowledge, insight, and skill to give you adequate, effective, and ethical representation. To provide this kind of service, they must be a specialist in […]

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    Four Common Filing Errors That Can Ruin Your Legal Case

    Losing a case or having it rejected by the court because of an attorney’s legal filing error leaves you cheated and angry. While you would expect an attorney to make sure his or her work is error-free, filing errors are more common than they should be and not limited to the least experienced attorneys. Here […]

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