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CA State Bar matter spotlights attorney’s trust account violation

Attorney conduct in California that falls below a designated standard of care for clients covers a lot of ground.

A lawyer’s performance can harm a client when it proceeds from a clear conflict of interest (for example, simultaneous representation of another party with competing interests in the same matter). California attorneys’ laxity sometimes yields missed court filings or other deadlines that are critically important in a case. The relevant law in a matter might simply be misunderstood or misapplied by retained legal counsel, to a trusting client’s detriment.

When does a CA client have a valid concern re a lawyer’s billing?

As a long-established and proven legal malpractice law firm that exclusively represents aggrieved clients of California attorneys, we cut straight to the chase concerning lawyers’ billing duties.

In doing so, we note at Glickman & Glickman that the answer to today’s above-posed blog headline is both clear and direct.

Court cites plaintiff’s laxity in pursuing legal malpractice claim

We pose a pointed question to California readers of our legal malpractice blog at the long-established Los Angeles law firm of Glickman & Glickman.

We directly ask this on a relevant website page: “Were you a victim of your attorney’s malpractice?”

Key legal malpractice factor spotlighted: the “but for” element

Say that you’re a California resident having what you reasonably believe to be a strong legal claim against a third party for some alleged act of wrongdoing that caused you harm.

Notwithstanding the strong merits underlying your lawsuit, you lose the case. The only reason that you can come up with to remotely explain why your claim was defeated is the clearly deficient legal representation your retained attorney provided in the matter.

Here’s an obvious malpractice concern for CA legal regulators

Message from the California State Bar to practicing attorneys across the state: client money remitted in reliance on your legal representation better be going to you, not a non-attorney.

Fee splitting is akin to a dirty word and spells a reproachable practice to state regulators when it pertains to client funds relevant to a case matter that go to both retained counsel and a nonlawyer third party.

Plaintiffs respond to law firm’s representation with a lawsuit

Spokespersons for national law firm Jones Day unsurprisingly term the volunteer work that firm attorneys do on a so-called “pro bono” basis as routinely first-rate and even exceptional.

Two individuals who recently filed a lawsuit against the firm in a Southern California state court beg to differ. Their complaint alleges that Jones Day representation in their pro bono matter left them destitute and homeless.

CA attorney discipline: What types of punishment can be ordered?

California has more actively practicing attorneys than any other state in the country. As can be clearly seen by any reader scanning even a few of our blog posts at the long-tenured Los Angeles legal malpractice law firm of Glickman & Glickman, some of those practitioners sometimes get into trouble.

That is, they get into professional – and sometimes legal – difficulties by shortchanging clients, who reasonably expect so secure competent assistance when they turn to a California attorney for help.

Will mitigating factors lessen CA State Bar attorney punishment?

A responsive answer to the above blog query can be expressed in a single word. Namely, that is “sometimes.”

It is not always the case that mitigation plays a key role in a California attorney’s disciplinary matter, though. A recent State Bar outcome amply demonstrates that.

Attorney wrath: recipe for an explosion, not client success

Message to quick-to-anger California attorneys: Your propensity for wrath in legal matters is far more than personally destructive. More importantly, it almost certainly works to the detriment of your clients.

The writers of a series of articles spotlighting lawyer-linked deficiencies that adversely affect client representation centrally include wrath as a core and worrisome component in the personal makeup of some advocates.

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