When an individual hires a lawyer, their attorney has a duty and responsibility to act with honesty, integrity and fidelity. Attorneys are expected to possess and act with the same level of skill and legal knowledge as other attorneys in the same profession. There are four specific areas of legal malpractice and they include: negligent errors, negligence in the professional relationship, fee disputes, and claims filed by an adversary against an attorney. Legal malpractice can be compared to medical malpractice ; both professions must conform to the standards of conduct that are recognized by their profession.
With the vast number of lawsuits being filed, the prevalence of legal malpractice has grown over the years. At Klemick & Gampel, P.A. we understand the complexities of legal malpractice, and we are not afraid to go head-to-head with large malpractice insurance companies and their lawyers. The average person is not familiar with legal malpractice lawsuits; however, they can feel quite certain when they have been victimized by such unscrupulous practices by their attorneys. Common examples of legal malpractice include:
- Failure to file a medical malpractice or personal injury claim within the statute of limitations
- Concealing fees and expenses
- Conflicts of interest
- Settling a case without the client’s knowledge
- Performing an inadequate title search in a real estate transaction
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Mishandling a client’s money
- Giving improper advice
- Failing to file forms properly
Proving legal malpractice must be accomplished by a competent attorney who knows the legal system inside and out. As your law firm, we will get straight to work in determining if you are a victim of legal malpractice and if you are entitled to damages. If you believe you suffered financial damage or other harm as a result of lawyer misconduct, then we urge you to contact a Miami legal malpractice attorney from our firm immediately for reliable advice on how to proceed forward. To learn more, contact a Miami legal malpractice attorney from Klemick & Gampel, P.A.