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When most people need legal assistance, they turn to a lawyer with the expectation that this professional has the knowledge, experience, resources, and work ethic to assist them. They trust their attorney with personal information, money, and the outcome of their case or legal assignment, which can often have a life-changing impact. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is misplaced and a negligent lawyer does more harm than good.
Thankfully, there is something that you can do. Lawyers have a duty of care to their clients, and when they breach that duty, they are liable for legal malpractice. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to go up against a lawyer and prove that he or she is liable in a legal malpractice case—unless you have a skilled legal malpractice attorney on your side.
All the partners at the Law Firm of Andrew Winston have ample experience as legal malpractice lawyers and are unafraid to take another attorney to task for failing in their professional duties to you. You might be hesitant to hire another lawyer after your first bad experience, but you can rest easy knowing that our attorneys always strive for excellence and have received numerous professional honors for their success at recovering compensation for clients.
Your lawyer is responsible for carrying out many important steps and making crucial decisions in your legal assignment, so it is not surprising that there are a wide range of potential mistakes that can lead to legal malpractice. Some of the most common types of legal malpractice include:
There are many different reasons why legal malpractice may occur. In some cases, a lawyer might not have the legal knowledge that a person in their position should have; for example, they might have failed to keep up with changing laws in the state of Florida and therefore improperly applied the law in your case, causing you to lose out on compensation or another positive outcome. In a few cases, an unscrupulous lawyer might believe that they can get away with abusing their power (for instance, he or she might use your retainer for something other than your case).
One common reason for legal malpractice is lawyers taking on too large a caseload. Some attorneys are more concerned with getting as many clients as possible than they are with the actual outcome of their cases, and when they take on too many clients, they may begin making major mistakes such as failing to file paperwork on time or failing to note an important deadline on their calendar.
You don’t have to worry about this when you turn to the Law firm of Andrew Winston. Because our legal team has handled legal malpractice cases before, we understand clients’ concerns and dedicate personal attention to every case so that nothing slips through the cracks.
You can’t necessarily prove that your lawyer was liable just because they made a mistake or you were unhappy with the outcome of your case. Rather, you have to show that the attorney failed to exercise the skill and care that another lawyer in their position could be expected to exercise. You need to show that in addition to breaching their duty to you, the attorney’s breach caused you to suffer financial damages.
The idea of gathering evidence against your attorney might seem daunting, which is why you should contact a legal malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney at the Law Office of Andrew Winston will go over your case with you and look for specific instances when your first attorney failed to live up to their duty of care.
As experienced civil and trial attorneys, our lawyers can determine what your first attorney could reasonably have been expected to know and do for you, allowing you to make a strong case for legal malpractice.
If your first experience working with an attorney was not just bad, but actually led to a significant financial loss, you could hardly be blamed for feeling wary about working with another lawyer. However, you should not just stay quiet and let a negligent attorney get away with failing in their duty to you. Not only could you be missing out on compensation, you are letting the lawyer off the hook so that they can potentially cause financial harm to future clients.
If you believe that you are a victim of legal malpractice, contact Andrew Winston as soon as possible. The first step will be to set up a free initial consultation so that you can learn more about our attorneys’ experience and decide if our firm is right for your case.
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