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What is Legal Malpractice?

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legal malpracticeIt is considered legal malpractice when an attorney unreasonably fails to fulfill his or her obligations in handling a legal matter as per the agreement made with the client. Lawyers practicing in Florida are required to adhere to the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct that call for competence, promptness, and diligence.

It is important to note that merely because a client is dissatisfied with an attorney or that a dispute arises between them does not automatically mean that a legal malpractice lawsuit can or should be filed. In order for this kind of lawsuit to be possible, an attorney must have acted negligently or violated the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct in a way that produces a provable harm to the client.

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If you have concerns that your attorney may have committed legal malpractice, we urge you to consult our Florida legal malpractice attorneys. You will find a team of skilled, proficient lawyers with years of experience in this field at Wagner McLaughlin. Our offices are in Tampa, Florida, and we handle cases from Key West to Pensacola.

Our Florida legal malpractice attorneys will listen to you and give you advice as to whether you have a valid legal malpractice claim. Our attorneys can help negotiate with the insurance carriers of the negligent attorney to see if an agreement can be reached out of court. If this avenue does not result in a favorable resolution, we would file a legal malpractice lawsuit and proceed to trial, if that is in your best interest.

What are the types of legal malpractice?

An attorney can act negligently in different ways, including by:

-missing a statute of limitations;
-making improper settlements such as unauthorized settlements, forcing a client to settle a claim or accepting a settlement offer without receiving the client’s permission;
-having undisclosed interests that are in conflict with the best interests of a client;
-errors in drafting and preparing documents;
failing to investigate the evidence that would prove a case;
-not following court orders;
-breaching a fiduciary duty;
-libel or slander; or
-drawing funds from a client’s trust account without their knowledge or consent.

Let us help you turn around

It can be extremely disappointing and disillusioning when an attorney you have trusted lets you down. Put your trust in the Florida legal malpractice attorneys from Trials and Errors. We would work hard to help turn things around for you. If you feel that your attorney has acted negligently in any way, contact us today.