Clients retaining attorneys to promote their rights in legal matters justifiably assume that their legal counsel will always act competently.
Two attorney authors who concentrate on ethics in the legal industry duly note that many practitioners become ensnared in client-linked difficulties when they fail to routinely focus on and remain sharp in their representation.
Today’s blog headline could be easily rephrased as a question.
California has legions of attorneys. Their client advocacy spans every conceivable practice area, and they are present and active in every corner of the state.
It is far from a secret that the legal profession in California and nationally, like other professional groups, has its fair share of work-linked stressors. Deadlines abound in law. Motions need to be filed. Court dates are always looming. Relevant law needs to be found and successfully applied to a client’s case.
A recent national article on law and lawyers makes a number of pointed commentaries on the legal profession. At its core, though, it is essentially a warning piece focused on a single and alarming takeaway.
The so-called Camp Fire that has raged on recently in Northern California in an unprecedented way has inflicted unspeakable harm on individuals, families and businesses across a broad swath of the state. Tragically, scores of people have died in the conflagration, with many hundreds still being unaccounted for.
The law firm involved in a high-profile legal malpractice case insists that it is blameless.
Although it made a strong effort to avoid court, that is precisely the venue where a lawsuit involving large national law firm Blank Rome is now headed. A decision rendered by a New York judge last week ruled against the firm’s summary judgment motion to dismiss a legal malpractice case against it. In doing so, the court ruled that key factual issues remain unresolved and must be evaluated by a jury.
A recent in-depth article addressed to practicing American attorneys sets forth a number of so-called “best practice” tips aimed at helping them steer clear of legal liability that might otherwise arise through deficient lawyering. The piece duly notes that legal malpractice risks are “at an all-time high” and understandably need to be guarded against to the fullest extent possible.