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Defining legal malpractice 

There are a lot of professional relationships that require ordinary people to put their trust — and their futures — into the hands of others. That’s why there are specific burdens on professionals — including doctors, accountants, architects and lawyers (among others) to uphold certain standards.

For example, doctors can’t neglect their patients’ health. Accountants must not harm their clients’ finances. Architects must not cause harm to those who utilize their structures. And — criticially — lawyers must not harm those who come to them for guidance and assistance during what may be the most vulnerable moments of their lives. 

When lawyers do cause their clients professionally-related harm due to negligence, intention, or other forms of misconduct, their choices may leave them vulnerable to allegations of legal malpractice. 

Professional wrongdoing that causes harm

Just as medical malpractice involves a healthcare provider’s failure to adhere to professional standards that resultd in harm to a patient, so legal malpractice involves a lawyer’s failure to adhere to professional standards that results in harm to a client. Common examples of legal malpractice involve:

  • Ethical violations
  • Gross negligence
  • Incompetence
  • Undisclosed conflicts of interest

While it is certainly possible that no amount of money can undo the type of harm that an attorney has caused you or your family as a result of malpractice, it is important to understand that if you are a victim of legal malpractice, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Seeking legal guidance from a professional who understands how to hold others accountable for wrongdoing can help you to clarify your rights and options under the law.