Lawyers operate by strict legal codes, both laws and ethics, in New Jersey. However, if your former lawyer failed in their duty to uphold the law and represent you ethically and appropriately, according to NJ statutes, you may have a claim against them. This is especially true if a lawyer’s negligence cost you a successful verdict or settlement in the case.
We know you may be feeling leery about talking with one lawyer about your former lawyer. At Team Law, we are more concerned with making sure your rights are protected. If another attorney’s negligence caused you harm, we invite you to speak with one of thee renowned legal malpractice attorneys at Team Law. Our personal injury lawyers have more than six decades of experience fighting to win cases for clients who believe their former lawyer(s) acted in a negligent manner. We promise to investigate what happened and provide a Team Law assessment of how successful your legal malpractice case will be. When appropriate, we will work tenaciously on your behalf to hold the other attorney responsible for their actions.
Team Law Will Fight Tirelessly to Hold Your Former Lawyer Responsible for Negligence
Legal malpractice, when an attorney is negligent in handling a client’s case, will only be successful if the client is able to prove that their previous lawyer did something improper when handling the case. Further, the client must be able to prove that the former lawyer’s action caused them significant financial damage.
What are Some Examples of Legal Malpractice in New Jersey?
General Negligence- The attorney overall failed to provide you with an acceptable standard of representation during your case. This may include practices such as: missing filing deadlines, surpassing the statute of limitations, failing to follow a client’s instructions or writing legal documents poorly.
Ethics Violations– The Code of Professional Responsibility dictates that an attorney act in the client’s best interest. If an attorney violates this code, they are acting in poor ethical taste. An example of an ethics violation is when an attorney says she has a lot of experience in a certain area when in fact she has none.
Billing Errors or Fraud- This may include overcharging for services, billing for services that were never performed, or charging for services the client never authorized.
Conflict of interest– Conflict of interest occurs when an attorney acts in another party’s interest at the expense of his client and their case. This is common in real estate transactions, or when the attorney is representing two clients on opposite sides of the deal.
Missed Deadlines – Missing a deadline can have any number of negative consequences —and can even result in a client’s case being dismissed entirely.
Pressure to Settle – Although part of a lawyer’s responsibility includes guiding the client through the legal process, it is not the place of the lawyer to pressure a client to settle a case.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty – A fiduciary is a person who occupies a position of trust with respect to someone else. Lawyers are fiduciaries with respect to their clients and are subject to a set of strict ethical rules.
Transactional Error – Even a slight transactional error can create damaging financial consequences for the client. When your lawyer creates a financial headache for you, our respected legal malpractice lawyers are here to help.
Improper Investigation – Conducting an improper investigation—or failing to investigate at all—can amount to a violation of your lawyer’s duty to zealously and competently advocate on your behalf.
Insufficient Preparation – If you believe you were harmed because of your lawyer’s insufficient preparation in your case, you may have a valid claim for legal malpractice under New Jersey law.
If any of these examples remind you of your recent lawsuit, you may have a viable legal malpractice case. If so, it is in your best interest to contact the experienced, knowledgeable legal malpractice attorneys at Team Law immediately. It may be difficult to trust a lawyer after being treated poorly in a previous case. The attorneys at Team Law have an impeccable client history that you can rely on to restore justice.
Why Should I Seek Legal Counsel if I Suspect Legal Malpractice?
First of all, legal malpractice is a complex charge that requires careful consideration and experience to prove. When you speak with an attorney at Team Law, we will help you determine if you have a case. Additionally, you can:
Understand the complexities that may accompany your legal malpractice lawsuit
Secure financial compensation for your previously mishandled lawsuit
Gain peace of mind through an attorney you can trust, and achieve a sense of justice with a successful case
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