New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers
When you hire an attorney, you are trusting them with your case. The outcome of your case could impact your freedom and finances. Unfortunately, not every lawyer is up to the job. Whether they have accepted a case in an area they do not know or did not devote the necessary time to representing you, the attorney could be liable for legal malpractice.
While some legal malpractice cases are filed by clients who were disappointed in the results of their cases, others have been brought by those who would have received different results with better legal representation.
What Is a Lawyer’s Duty of Care?
There are things that an attorney must do when they are handling your case. However, a fine line exists between bad client service and legal malpractice. Failing to return your calls on time is bad service under some circumstances. However, when the delay caused you to be uninformed about a key development in your case, it could be malpractice.
Legal malpractice cases consist of the following elements:
- Duty of care;
- Breach of care;
Your legal malpractice case will generally focus on the second and fourth elements.
What Constitutes Legal Malpractice?
Not every case that leads to an unfavorable result is malpractice. Attorneys make judgment calls when they give legal advice. Different attorneys may have varying styles and strategies.
In some cases, your lawyer may have handled your case differently from what many other lawyers would have done. There are times when the facts and law are not in your favor.
Instead, legal malpractice is akin to attorney negligence. There are mistakes that no lawyer should ever make in your case. Usually, these errors result from inexcusable oversights that a lawyer would not make if they were paying attention and exercising reasonable care.
What Are Common Examples of Legal Malpractice?
Here are some examples of things that may be considered legal malpractice:
- Inadequate investigation or discovery in your case;
- Failure to file a case by the deadline;
- Failure to inform you of key events in your case;
- Taking action in your case without your consent;
- Settling your case against your interests;
- Having a conflict of interest in your case.
What Happens if a Lawyer Commits Legal Malpractice?
An insurance company is likely to become involved in a legal malpractice case. When you file your lawsuit, they would take over the defense. Like every case, the insurance company has a duty to defend their policyholder. The insurance company would decide whether to settle your case and how much to offer. Sometimes, however, the matter proceeds to a trial.
If you win your legal malpractice case, you may be entitled to a variety of damages.
What Should I Do if I Suspect My Lawyer Committed Legal Malpractice?
Your best bet is to contact an experienced New Jersey legal malpractice lawyer to determine whether you can take action. An attorney can review your case and advise you about a possible lawsuit.
How Can Tune Law Group, LLC Help Me with My Legal Malpractice Case?
Legal malpractice cases are often challenging to prove, especially without legal assistance. When working with Tune Law Group, LLC, our legal team can do the following:
- Determine whether your case is meritorious and advise you of your options;
- File a malpractice lawsuit with the court along with the required supporting documentation;
- Gather evidence supporting your claim;
- Consult legal experts regarding how the lawyer’s actions deviated from the standard duty of care;
- Negotiate a settlement for your losses, if applicable;
- Represent you in court, if necessary.
Contact Our New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC for Legal Guidance
Contact our New Jersey legal malpractice Lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC today if you suspect your previous attorney committed malpractice. We can help you take legal action. Call us at 908-434-1061 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, we serve clients in and around Hunterdon County, Monmouth County, Whitehouse, and Tewksbury.