ARIZONA LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAWYERS
LEGAL ACTION WHEN LEGAL COUNSEL FAILS YOU
When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a legal case, they must be competent enough to handle the case and provide the level of service that you paid them for. If they cannot and something goes wrong with your case due to your lawyer’s negligence, then it might constitute legal malpractice, which can be answered with further legal action.
At Miller Kory Rowe, our Arizona legal malpractice attorneys can help you understand your rights and options if another law firm’s unacceptable errors have caused you losses, damages, and hardships. As reputable Arizona lawyers ourselves, we know how to approach these sensitive and controversial cases that many other law firms try to avoid. We can also use our extensive knowledge of the law to accurately determine if your previous case was harmed by an error or legal malpractice and negligence.
ELEMENTS OF LEGAL MALPRACTICE
It is important to understand that an unfavorable outcome in a legal case is not the same as legal malpractice. Even making a mistake while working on a legal case is not guaranteed to be a form of legal malpractice. For legal malpractice to occur under the definitions of Arizona law, avoidable negligence on behalf of the lawyer or law firm must have occurred that negatively impacted the case’s success for the client.
More specifically, legal malpractice cases will usually involve:
- Duty: The prior attorney must have owed you a duty as a legal professional and failed to deliver.
- Breach: The duty you were supposed to be provided was breached, usually due to blatant negligence.
- Causation: The breach of that duty caused you to suffer financial distress or monetary losses.
WHAT DOES LEGAL MALPRACTICE LOOK LIKE?
Legal malpractice takes many forms, many of which are not immediately obvious. At Miller Kory Rowe, we know what to look for to determine if negligence and legal malpractice have occurred.
Filing and preparation errors are among the most common reasons for legal malpractice lawsuits. For example, an attorney who repeatedly ignores a client’s requests to file an injury claim before the statute of limitations expires could be accused of legal malpractice if they indeed fail to file the claim on time, resulting in the loss of the client’s right to compensation. Conflicts of interest and malicious prosecution are other common forms of legal malpractice.
More examples of common calls for legal malpractice include:
- You paid a lawyer a retainer fee to cover specific costs, but that retainer was misused.
- Your lawyer settled your case without informing or consulting you, especially if the settlement was far less than what you deserved or expected.
- Your case was dismissed by the court due to avoidable mistakes made by your legal counsel.
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If you have a sinking feeling that your last legal case, claim, or lawsuit was mishandled by an attorney, and their mistakes cost you financially, then you should act on it. Call (602) 648-4045 to speak with our Arizona legal malpractice lawyers about what happened. Legal malpractice cases can be difficult, especially since you once trusted the defendant to help you, but we know how to carefully navigate these situations while keeping your best interests in focus.
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