The skill and expertise of your lawyer is crucial to the success of your case. However, lawyers cannot rely upon education and pure talent alone. Your lawyer must diligently prepare for each case, which can include in-depth research, investigation and analysis of the law. 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.
At Team Law, our dedicated legal malpractice lawyers have collectively spent over 60 years building a reputation for excellence in the legal community. We know what it takes for a lawyer to be sufficiently prepared to handle a client’s case—because we have been successfully representing clients throughout New Jersey for decades.
Your lawyer has a duty to advocate zealously on your behalf—a duty that requires providing competent legal representation. Many lawyers unfortunately attempt to rely upon their past experience in order to represent a current client. Often, that results in a lawyer who is unprepared to negotiate specifically on your behalf or even effectively present your case at trial.
If you case suffered because of your lawyer’s lack of preparation, you do have legal rights.
Legal malpractice cases can be complex, but our top-rated lawyers are here to help. To tell us what happened in your case, schedule a free case review with our New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers by calling our office or filling out this online contact form today.
What amounts to sufficient preparation can vary depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case. Even when the legal theories involved are similar, every client’s case is unique, and must be given the time necessary to provide effective representation. A thorough preparation can include:
When your lawyer fails to prepare, your case will inevitably be weaker than it could be with strong preparation. An unprepared lawyer may know less about how your case impacted your life or could even be unfamiliar with the relevant laws themselves. Importantly, judges, mediators and even the insurance adjuster responsible for settling your case will not appreciate your lawyer’s lack of preparation.
In many cases, you might be uncertain whether your lawyer’s preparation errors impacted your case value. Some signs that may point to poor preparation include:
When your lawyer is unprepared for trial, it is bound to show—at least to the judge and other lawyers involved in the case. Failing to call necessary witnesses or present important evidence can make the difference between a fair compensation award and a total loss, especially once you have reached the trial stage. Our lawyers will evaluate what happened in your case and work to determine whether reasonable preparation could have led to a better outcome for you.
At Team Law, our experienced legal malpractice lawyers are here to help protect your rights. Importantly, every lawyer has their own process for preparing a case—and not every loss in the courtroom is the result of malpractice. To establish your right to take action based on your lawyer’s malpractice, we will work to prove:
Establishing that your lawyer’s lack of preparation harmed your case is one of the most complex elements of a legal malpractice claim based on preparation errors. Our lawyers will begin by examining the evidence in your underlying case to determine what a reasonable lawyer would have done—and compare that to your lawyer’s actual preparation. In most cases, we may call in an expert who can testify to how your lawyer’s actions—or lack of action–may have harmed your specific case.
Like any other endeavor, preparation in the legal context can be the key to success. Even if you have a strong case, an unprepared lawyer can ruin your chances of recovering compensation by missing a deadline or failing to present an argument at court.
To learn more about your legal rights, speak with our experienced legal malpractice lawyers. For a free case evaluation, call our office or fill out this online contact form and we will get back to you promptly.
The statute of limitations for legal malpractice is currently six years in New Jersey. However, a bill has been proposed that would shorten this time period to two years. Because of the complexities involved in legal malpractice cases, it is especially important to speak with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible.
Not always. Your lawyer should never pressure you to accept a settlement award regardless of the value. Whether to proceed to trial is always the client’s decision. However, if your lawyer seems to want you to accept the settlement, it could be a sign that your lawyer is not prepared for trial. In this case, you may want to explore other options—in other words, you may want to get a second opinion from an experienced lawyer who can help with your case, rather than trusting your lawyer with trial preparation.
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