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You may have had to hire an attorney under a stressful, time-crunched situation. Or you may have had the luxury of being able to carefully consider your choice of legal representation. No matter the circumstances of how you retained your attorney for your case or legal matter, you deserve to have an advocate who will diligently protect your rights and interests and guide you through the complex justice process. So what happens when the attorney you’ve chosen commits a fatal error in your case or engages in unethical or unlawful conduct in his or her representation? When you’ve been the victim of negligent or wrongful representation by an attorney, you may have a claim for legal malpractice.
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Legal malpractice cases are complicated and fact-intensive. To successfully pursue such a case, you will likely need the assistance of an experienced West New York legal malpractice attorney. But it can be difficult to place your trust and your interests in the hands of another attorney when you’ve already had your rights violated by another lawyer.
At Team Law, we recognize how difficult it can be for a victim of legal malpractice to trust another attorney to competently represent the victim’s rights and interests. This is why we strive to treat your case with the seriousness and respect that it deserves and needs. We believe that when an attorney engages in unethical or unprofessional behavior, the whole legal profession suffers as a result. We vigorously work to hold negligent attorneys accountable for the harm they have done to the legal profession and to you and to get you the financial compensation you need and deserve. Contact Team Law today to schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss your case with us.
Lawyers can commit all kinds of mistakes when representing clients. Proving that these mistakes constitute legal malpractice requires a thorough investigation to uncover facts and evidence. Some examples of conduct that can give rise to legal malpractice claims include:
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At Team Law, we have worked for more than 60 years to hold negligent attorneys responsible for legal malpractice. However, successfully proving that legal malpractice occurred requires a thorough examination of your attorney’s actions and your underlying case or legal matter — this is why legal malpractice claims are often thought of as two cases in one. We show not only that your attorney committed a mistake or negligent act or omission, but we also show that your lawyer’s inadequate representation caused you to suffer a bad or less than favorable outcome than you would have had if your attorney had provided you with competent representation. We also work hard to show how you have suffered financially compensable harm as a result of your attorney’s negligence.
If you think your unfavorable outcome in your underlying case or legal matter was the result of legal malpractice, contact the West New York legal malpractice attorneys of Team Law today to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys can honestly advise you as to whether you may have a viable legal malpractice claim and your rights and options for moving forward.
West New York is a town located in Hudson County, New Jersey. West New York, one of the most densely populated municipalities in the country, lies across the Hudson River from New York City, sitting atop the New Jersey Palisades, a line of steep cliffs along the western bank of the Hudson. West New York was incorporated as a town in 1898, replacing Union Township. West New York underwent massive economic growth in the early 20th century, driven largely by textile industries. By the latter half of the 20th century, the industrial areas along the Hudson waterfront were redeveloped into residential and recreational uses. Many high-rise residential buildings were built throughout West New York, allowing the town to have one of the highest population densities in the country. West New York is also home to the longest commercial avenue in New Jersey, situated along Bergenline Avenue and hosting more than 300 retail stores and restaurants.
Generally no. One of the elements of a legal malpractice claim is that there is an attorney-client relationship between you and the attorney. As a general matter, there is usually no attorney-client relationship between you and the other party’s attorney. An attorney-client relationship may exist in cases where, for example, an attorney, retained by another person, undertakes joint representation of you and the other person, such as preparing documents for a transaction between you and the other person.
No. The state bar will investigate claims of ethics violations by attorneys and issues discipline to attorneys when it finds that an attorney has violated the rules of professional conduct. However, filing an ethics complaint with the state bar does not automatically mean that you have filed a legal malpractice suit against your attorney, and vice versa, and the state bar’s ethics proceedings have no official impact on any legal malpractice lawsuit you may file against your attorney. Indeed, even if the state bar finds that your attorney committed an ethics violation, it does not necessarily mean that he or she committed legal malpractice.
In order for an attorney’s conduct to constitute legal malpractice, it must fall below the applicable standard of care. The standard of care is usually defined in most cases as the acts (or omissions) that another reasonable attorney of similar training, education, and experience would undertake under circumstances identical to your case in your state or community. In many legal malpractice cases, it is advisable to have an expert on legal ethics (usually another attorney) who can provide an opinion on what the applicable standard of care was in your case and how your former attorney’s conduct fell below that standard.
Not necessarily. In order for an attorney’s violation of the state’s rules of professional conduct governing lawyers to constitute legal malpractice, you must show that your former attorney’s substandard conduct negatively affected the outcome of your case; in other words, that your case would have had a different, better outcome had your attorney not been negligent. In addition, you must also show that you have suffered some sort of compensable harm as a result of your attorney’s conduct.
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