Nobody is perfect, and attorneys are no exception. Sometimes attorneys make mistakes that hurt the cases of their clients. When a mistake is so damaging that a client’s case is seriously damaged or completely lost, a legal malpractice claim may be the best (and only) remedy for the wronged client.
At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A., in Cary, North Carolina, we understand both sides of these issues. As lawyers, we understand how difficult and complex practicing law can be. But as vigorous advocates for our clients, we understand a lawyer's vital responsibility to put our client's best interest first.
Legal malpractice means that an attorney was negligent and, as a result, the client’s case was severely damaged. This could result from a conflict of interest, failing to act in a prudent and reasonable manner, or the attorneys’ behavior simply fell below the level of competence expected.
You have already lost enough. At the Law Offices of John M/ McCabe, we will work on a contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay anything upfront unless we win in or out of court.
If you can prove that your lawyer did any of the following, then you might be able to sue for legal malpractice:
You likely have a case if your attorney has violated any of these things, and you can show it. You will have a duty to show how the legal malpractice harmed you and the case the lawyer was working on, so contact our legal malpractice lawyers today. Here are a few legal malpractice terms to get familiar with:
This is an attorney combining funds of their beneficiary, client, or boss with their own money. Commingling is considered a breach of their fiduciary relationship.
A conflict of interest can form in many ways, but its definition is "a conflict between competing duties."
Neglect is when your lawyer disregards their duties entirely, and this causes harm to you, your money, and your case.
We understand the last people you want to see after a lawyer wronged you is more lawyers, but that's just what you need. Hiring an experienced team of legal malpractice lawyers will ensure you get the most compensation possible for your claim. Suing other lawyers is not something you should do on your own, which is why there are lawyers ready to help. We understand you've been through a lot and are ready to listen, advise, and fight for you. And on behalf of all lawyers, we are sorry this happened to you. Here are a few things you can do to help your case:
While we will help tell you precisely what counts as evidence, there are a few obvious things you can gather. Make sure to get the contract between you and the other lawyer, gather all communications you have, and provide receipts of any money you paid (if any).
As lawyers, we don't take this lightly. However, if your lawyer is not doing what they're obligated to, you need to fire them. Once you fire them, do not continue working with them or talking to them. They will use anything you communicate against you. We are here to handle all communications moving forward.
Every state has a discip[linary board that will review all reports of neglect, misconduct, and conflicts of interest.
We cannot convey enough how sorry we are that you're in this situation. However, you have rights, and lawyers are obligated to work hard for you. When they do not do their job, and you lose money, they must be held accountable so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
Regardless of its form, legal malpractice is unacceptable, and lawyers need to be held accountable when their actions harm their clients. To speak with us about your case, contact us for a free consultation.