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When a conflict of interest amounts to legal malpractice

When you engage the services of an attorney, you expect them to wholeheartedly navigate the intricate legal terrain on your behalf and advocate for your best interests. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. As with any other profession, the legal world is not immune to ethical dilemmas and pitfalls, such as conflicts of interest.

A conflict of interest arises when an attorney’s personal interests clash with their duty to prioritize and protect their client’s interests. It can set the stage for ethical breaches and professional misconduct, potentially culminating in a legal malpractice case.

Attorneys are duty-bound to put their client’s interests first

An attorney must always prioritize the interests of their clients. A conflict of interest could lead to decisions primarily serving the attorney’s personal or financial gain rather than the client’s welfare. The consequences of such ethical lapses can be severe. 

Clients who place their trust in their attorneys may find themselves financially devastated, their legal matters mishandled or their cases compromised. The damaging effects can be long-lasting and could significantly set you back.

Fortunately, there are laws that protect your interests as a victim of legal malpractice arising from a conflict of interest. You can recover the damages you suffered from inadequate or insufficient legal representation that amounts to malpractice. Learning more about what  you need to do to hold the

Do you have a legal malpractice case?

If you believe your attorney did not discharge their duties as legally expected, seeking qualified guidance and an informed review of your case is essential. This can help establish whether legal malpractice actually occurred, its extent and the damages you can seek. It will also empower you to make informed decisions and protect your interests.