Legal Malpractice: Danger to Society
When you hear “Legal Malpractice,” you probably think of breaches of ethical standards, and sleazy, dishonest lawyers like Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. While he is, without a doubt, one of the sleaziest lawyers ever to (dis)grace our television screens, legal malpractice takes a lot more forms than merely being a scumbag!
Legal malpractice is, quite simply, when a lawyer harms their client through negligence, breach of duty, or breach of contract. This can often take the form of a well-meaning, but inexperienced or incompetent attorney who is simply in over their head. In fact, failure to know or properly apply the law is the leading form of legal malpractice according to the ABA, and constitutes more than 11% of legal malpractice claims.
Our nation’s legal system is the foundation upon which our society is built. The right to a fair and just trial is a right afforded to everyone in this nation, and as practitioners of the law, attorneys are held to a higher standard of professional conduct and ethics than most other professions. Whether they work in civil or criminal law, attorneys serve as their clients’ protectors. Clients entrust that their attorney will provide them with the best legal representation possible. While it may seem obvious, this means that they can and should expect their attorney will know the law and use it to represent them!
Professional incompetence, whether well-meaning or with willful malice, can cost clients’ cases and cause them serious harm. Injured clients may be unable to pay their medical expenses. Clients who were defrauded may not be made whole again. Because people are denied restitution not by the facts of their cases but through incompetence, legal malpractice is a perversion of justice.
In order for our legal system to work correctly, attorneys who fail to represent their clients’ best interests must be held accountable for their poor conduct. Handling legal malpractice cases is difficult, and requires a breadth of knowledge and experience in the law. Despite how damaging an incompetent attorney may be, a skilled legal malpractice attorney can right their wrongs. If you feel you have been the victim of legal malpractice, please contact us, and let us help you.