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When you hire an attorney, you trust that your attorney will handle your case according to the ethical and professional standards set forth by the state of New Jersey. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get a favorable outcome in every case or legal matter. But you expect your attorney to use all their training, skill, and expertise to work for you in your case or legal matter. When a lawyer instead provides you with substandard representation and you have a less than favorable outcome in your case or matter as a result, you may have a claim for legal malpractice.
Pursuing a claim for legal malpractice is not an easy matter. This is because proving legal malpractice requires analyzing both your lawyer’s conduct and the fact and circumstances of your underlying case or legal matter that was being handled by your lawyer. Legal malpractice cases are complicated, and you need an attorney with the expertise and resources needed to thoroughly pursue your case.
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At Team Law, we have over 60 years of experience helping the people of Jersey City obtain compensation when they suffer harm as a result of an attorney’s negligence. We will vigorously pursue your legal malpractice claim, showing how you would have won or had a more favorable outcome in your case or legal matter if only your attorney had provided competent legal representation. Our firm represents legal malpractice victims in Jersey City and throughout New Jersey. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about how our firm can fight for your rights and interests.
The New Jersey rules of professional conduct, which apply to every attorney in the state of New Jersey, require that each lawyer provide “competent representation” in each case or legal matter that they handle. Providing competent representation does not necessarily mean that an attorney is an expert in the client’s matter. Instead, a lawyer only needs the expertise and skill necessary to gain the knowledge required to competently handle the client’s case or matter.
Examples of when a lawyer’s conduct falls below the standard of “competent representation” include:
Legal malpractice cases are incredibly complex, fact-intensive cases. Our firm always conducts a thorough investigation of your underlying case or legal matter and the actions that your attorney took in your matter to establish all the elements of a legal malpractice claim, including:
If you believe that your attorney has committed malpractice in your case or legal matter, contact the offices of Team Law today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our Jersey City legal malpractice lawyers to discuss the details of your case. We can help you to understand your legal rights and options and to walk you through the process of obtaining a recovery from your attorney’s negligence.
Jersey City is located in Hudson County, New Jersey. The county seat of Hudson County and its largest city, Jersey City is also New Jersey’s second-largest city, after Newark. Part of the New York City metropolitan area, Jersey City is directly across the Hudson River from New York City, bounded to the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. Jersey City has grown into a vital distribution, transportation, and manufacturing center, with extensive rail and port infrastructure. Jersey City’s waterfront has in recent years also been redeveloped into one of the largest banking and finance centers in the U.S., leading to the district being nicknamed “Wall Street West”.
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If you are dissatisfied with your attorney’s performance, you have the right to fire your attorney and to choose another attorney. Typically, you can dismiss your attorney with a written notice; if your attorney is representing you in court, your attorney will also need to notify the court that he or she no longer represents you. However, you should also be mindful of any outstanding compensation that you may owe your attorney under your fee agreement with your attorney. Even if you are dissatisfied with your attorney and wish to terminate his or her services, you may still be obligated to pay the contractually-agreed upon compensation.
No. The state bar investigates allegations that an attorney violated the rules of professional conduct. But just because an attorney committed a violation of rules of professional conduct, that does not mean that he or she committed legal malpractice. It is not a prerequisite that you file a claim with the state bar before filing a legal malpractice claim. Indeed, filing an ethics claim against your attorney with the state bar can have ramifications against your legal malpractice claims, especially if the bar finds that no ethics violation occurred, so you should consult with our legal malpractice attorneys before deciding to file an ethics complaint against your former attorney.
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