Legal Malpractice
 

LEGAL MALPRACTICE REMEDIES

1) Civil lawsuits for money damages. The greatest chance of success where the attorney/defendant has legal malpractice insurance and the claim involves negligence or a contract violation. To speak with a legal malpractice Lawyer, please click here.

2) Criminal action: appropriate in cases of theft, conversion, and fraud. Usually not covered by insurance, however many state courts have victim's compensation funds and have the power to order restitution.

3) State disciplinary boards. Each state has a licensing board controlling the ethical behavior and complaints related to fall of the attorney's practicing in that state. Examples of unethical behavior might be a conflict of interest, or having intimate relations with an existing client to the clients detriments, etc. The relief sought here would be a sanction for the disbarment of a lawyer in addition to or in place of money damages. Please view our links page for more information.

4) Fee dispute boards: many states and bar associations have set up procedures to help consumers registered complaints against lawyers in a matter of fee disputes. Some state bar associations have set up arbitration procedures and fee dispute panels to assist consumers and quickly and inexpensively resolving fee disputes with their attorneys. Please view our links page for more information.

5) State consumer production statutes. many States have Laws declaring that "unfair or deceptive" acts by Lawyers in the conduct of the practice of law are illegal.

6) State victims funds: in cases of theft and outright conversion, many states have set up victim funds financed by voluntary and mandatory contributions from all lawyers within that state. This includes theft of client funds entrusted to the attorney. Please view our links page for more information.

Many of the above avenues of relief or remedies are not covered by legal malpractice insurance however they still afford some limited avenues for relief. Some of the remedies can be used in conjunction with other remedies simultaneously. In the fact that an attorney/defendant does not have malpractice insurance does not in on itself mean that they are not capable of paying a judgment.

 

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