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When an attorney dooms a case or a business deal

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2018 | Uncategorized

Law is a complex endeavor. Kentuckians rely on professionals specially trained and licensed to practice it to promote their best interests in various complex legal matters.

Clients are entitled to representation by an attorney who is knowledgeable and has no conflicts of interest. Attorneys should be held accountable when substandard work product yields client damages.

Sadly, that occurs with some regularity. And when it does, it can bring adverse results for Kentucky business principals who suffer harm from a lawyer’s negligent acts or omissions.

Examining the sources of legal malpractice

Legal malpractice can be linked with many factors. Incompetent representation, for example, can doom a client’s case from the start. Some otherwise strong claims are compromised or dismissed outright when an attorney misses a key filing deadline or doesn’t even know the relevant law in a case.

Ethics violations are also common. They run a wide gamut from lying and disclosing confidential information to adverse parties to settling a case without permission and failing to respond to client communications. Issues concerning client funds are an obvious concern as well.

Then there is conflict of interest, which is often a spotlighted concern in legal malpractice cases. Perhaps an attorney already has a duty to an existing client that would interfere with his or her representation in a new case. A conflict is patently clear when counsel represents a third party with adverse interests in the same matter. That can also hold true when an attorney advocates on behalf of both a business and one or more of its principal employees concerning the same or similar claims.

Our seasoned legal team works closely with valued clients. We determine the merits of malpractice claims, investigating all relevant details and fully exploring recovery options. Our bottom-line focus in every client matter is justice.

We welcome contacts to the firm concerning malpractice-linked questions or any other business law queries.