Attorneys Mishandling Escrow and Trust Account Funds

Of all legal and ethical requirements imposed upon attorneys, perhaps the most unforgiving and strictly applied penalties for misconduct relate to misuse of funds in attorney escrow accounts or trust accounts. Attorneys are required by their licensing authority and the law to use meticulous care and pay out funds held in an escrow or trust account in strict compliance with… (READ MORE)

Frequently Asked Questions by Clients Regarding Legal Malpractice

What is legal malpractice? Legal malpractice is the term used to describe wrongful or negligent acts by an attorney that cause harm to his client. It is also known as the failure of an attorney to provide legal services that meet the required standard of care, skill, and diligence the attorney owes the client, which results in damages to the… (READ MORE)

What are the Most Common Types of Legal Malpractice?

One of the most common types of legal malpractice occurs when attorneys miss important deadlines. Failing to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires will bar the client from filing the lawsuit. Missing the deadline to file an answer to a complaint may result in a default judgment against the client. Failing to timely respond to a motion… (READ MORE)

Tips for Protecting Against Legal Malpractice

How can clients protect themselves from legal malpractice? First, before the representation begins, the client should obtain a written agreement for legal services from the attorney, preferably signed by the attorney. There should be no question that the attorney/client relationship has been established, and the purpose of the representation should be clear. Additionally, when there is a written agreement for… (READ MORE)

Silence or Delay Can Be a Sign of Legal Malpractice

Clients occasionally complain that their attorneys stop communicating with them when a problem arises in a lawsuit the attorney is handling, or when a dispute arises with respect to a legal document drafted by the attorney. Unfortunately, when some attorneys believe they have committed legal malpractice, they react by avoiding the problem, as opposed to disclosing the error to their… (READ MORE)