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When your lawyer has failed to properly represent you, we are here to provide an effective remedy.   Legal malpractice occures when an attorney fails to conform the representation to the required standard.   Legal Malpractice takes place when an attorney performs an act in a negligent manner or fails to take required action.   If we accept your case we will do everything possible to right the wrong and keep you informed. Please note, we do not generally accept cases in which the underlying case was a criminal or family law case.

The injured party or plaintiff must establish that the negligent act or ommission was not simply the result of the attorney's discretion or poor planning but that the conduct fell below the required standard of attorneys in that location.   Attorneys are generally not held to absolute standards because each case is different and attorneys are permitted to exercise reasonable discretion.   Upon receipt of your call, we will evaluate the facts in your case. If you wish to email documents that support your claim, you may email any documents to: legalmalpracticelawyers@gmail, . You should be aware that forwarding any documents does not create an attorney client relationship.   If we accept your case, we will forward a written fee agreement to you and keep you imformed about the progress of your case.

Legal malpractice can also occur when the attorney commits an intentional act in the attorney's own interest and as the result, the client is damaged.   This occurs when an attorney act in self interest and the cleint is harmed or damaged.

Unlike a regular negligence case the client or injured party must have an expert witness to be able to testify or establish that the origional attorney's conduct did not conform to the requried standard.   The expert, or attorney, in these types of cases can qualify to be an expert on the basis of education or experience.

For example in an automobile accident case that may have involved a red light, or crossing over a center line, an ordinary person can offer an opinion as to who had the red light, or which vehicle ran over the center line, but a layman can not render an opinion in a legal malpractice case as to if the attorney's conduct fell below the required standard.   The lay persons's opinion may be admissible as to what that persons's opinion may be but would not be admissible to decide the ultimate issue in the case.

It is often a good policy to obtain an expert opinion prior to beginning formal litigation because an argument could be made that may not be supported by the expert.   A person can quality to be an expert in a given subject based upon either education or experience.   In seeking to get a person to attempt to qualify as an expert in a case, the side seeking to have a particular person to qualify, questions are asked to that person about their eduction or experience. The opposition can cross examine that person and the judge will render a decision if that person will quality as an expert on a case to case basis. An any case, it is always possible to have more than one person to qualify as an expert.

In attempting to prove a legal malpractice case, injured party or client must be able to prove what is referred to as a case within a case. This means that in addition to proving that the lawyer was negligent, the client or injured person must be able to prove the underlying case would have be won except for the attorney's neglgience.

Not infrequently, attorneys accept cases that cannot be won, which means that even if the attorneys conduct fell below the required standard, the client, or injured party, may not be able to recover unless they can estabish, or prove, through expert testimony that the case may have been able to be won be another attorney.

Another consideration in a legal malpractice case is that many attorneys have insurance policies and many times the insurance carriers have on retainer highly skilled defense law firms that require that each element in the case be proven which often can be time consuming and expensive to litigants.

Helpful Legal Terms

Oaths - Sworn affirmations of truth required in court

Objection - One party disputing some statement or judicial ruling.

Official Records - Every instrument that the clerk of the circuit court enters in the series of books called Official Records.

On a Person's Own Recognizance - Release from custody without the requirement of a bail bond.

Negligence - Failure to use the degree of caution as a reasonable person under the same circumstances.

Next Friend - Person acting for the benefit of a person under some disability.

No-Contest Clause - Language in a will that disinherits a person who makes a legal challenge to a will's validity.

Notice - Notification to a party of a legal proceeding.

Nuncupative Will - An oral unwritten will.

Nunc pro tunc - Retroactive.

Motion - Request made by a party to an action.

Motion in limine - Motion made at the beginning of trial for order against admission of prejudicial statements.

Motion to mitigate sentence - Motion to reduce a sentence.

Murder - The unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill. First-degree murder is premeditated with the specific intent to kill the victim. Second-degree murder also has the element of specific intent, but is not premeditated. Felony murder is death occasioned in the course of some inherently dangerous felony - mayhem, rape, sodomy, burglary, arson, kidnapping, escape, or robbery. Lesser included offenses include involuntary, or negligent, manslaughter, as well as voluntary both of which lack a specific intent to kill.

Polling the jury - Questioning of jurors individually to determine whether they agree with the verdict.

Pour-Over Will - Will that leaves some or all estate assets to a trust established before the will-maker's death.

Power of Attorney - Authorization of a person to act in the interests of another person.

Conflict attorney - Private attorney appointed when a codefendant has the Public Defender.

Consecutive sentences - Successive sentences, one beginning at the expiration of another, imposed against a person convicted of two or more violations.

Contempt of court - An act of disrespect to the court, willful disregard of the court's authority.

Continuance - Postponing a trial or hearing to a later date.

Pre-injunction - Preliminary order requiring action or forbidding action until a decision can be made whether to issue a permanent injunction.

Pre-sentence investigation - Background investigation of the defendant

Discharge of bond - Court order to release a bond.

Disclaim - To refuse a bequest.

Dismissal - Rejection of a lawsuit.

Disposition - Relinquishing of property.

No information - Document stating that no formal charge will be filed by the State.

No probable cause - Insufficient grounds to hold the person who was arrested.

Prime facie - Factually

Probate - Process by which a will is determined to be the will-maker's final decision as to how the will maker wants his or her property distributed.

Probate Court - The court supervising estate administration.

Pro bono publico - For the public good. Lawyers representing clients without charge are said to be working pro bono publico.

Pro se - On one's own behalf.

Nolle prosequi - State's decision not to prosecute a charged offense.

Nolo contendere - Neither admitting nor denying charges.

Non-jury trial - A case tried by a judge.

Disposition or Receipt Card - Report of the judge's decision in a case.

Pleadings - Written statements of fact and law facts filed by parties to a lawsuit.

Point information - Penalties assessed by the Department Motor Vehicles after conviction in traffic court.

Replevin - Recovery of a possession wrongfully taken.

Reply - Response by a party to charges raised in a pleading by the other party.

Respondent - Person against whom an appeal is taken.

Rest - Conclusion of all the evidence a party intends to offer.

Pre-trial intervention - Diversion of certain qualifying defendants from the judicial system to some program, such as a parenting class or an anger-management class. P>Robbery - Taking of another's property by means of fear or force.

Rules of Evidence - Standards controlling whether evidence in a civil or criminal case is admissible.

Precedent - A system whereby previously decided case guide the decision of future cases.

Preliminary hearing - Arraignment.

Preponderance of the evidence - More convincing evidence

Public defender - Court-appointed attorney for defendants declared indigent.

Quash - To vacate a subpoena or summons.

Real Property - Land and improvements affixed to the land.

Reasonable doubt - The opinion of a jury who do not feel to a moral dertainty that a defendant is guilty.

Rehearing - A second hearing of a case by the same court which originally heard the case.

Filed in Open Court - Entered into the file in court.

Finding - Conclusion by a judge as to issues of fact.

Person in Need of Supervision - Juvenile found to have committed a status offense

Petitioner - Person filing an action

Plaintiff - Person filing the complaint in the civil lawsuit.

Plea - Defendant's answer to a charge - guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere. A defendant's declaration in open court that he or she is guilty or not guilty.

Plea negotiation - Negotiations between the State and the defense for a fair disposition of a case.

Rejoinder - Limited response to evidence presented during the rebuttal by the opposing side.

Court costs - The expenses of prosecuting or defending a lawsuit, other than attorneys' fees. An amount of money may be awarded to the successful party and may be recoverable from the losing party as reimbursement for court cost.

Ad litem - A guardian ad litem is an attorney or lawyer appointed by the court to protect the interests of a vulnerable person, such as a child or an invalid.

Search warrant - Written order directing a law enforcement officer to search a specific area for some specific piece of evidence

Court reporter - A person who transcribes by shorthand or stenographically takes down testimony during court proceedings or at a trial related proceedings such as depositions.

Retainer - Employing of an attorney.

Scoresheet - Guidelines for sentencing prescribed by the Legislature.

Seal - Symbol of authenticity. .

Second appearance - Appearance an initial proceedings in which the state files an information or the defendant is discharged.

Secured Debt - Debt for which the debtor gives the creditor the right to repossess the collateral.

Affirmed - Appellate opinion which the decision of the trial court is correct.

Affidavit of insolvency - Form, stating defendant's indigency and non ability to pay for private legal representation.

Affirmative Defense - Circumstances such as insanity or self-defense or entrapment to excuse a defendant from civil or criminal responsibility.

Sealing of Records -Shielding of records from the public.

Secured signature bond - A signature bond guaranteed by mortgage or real property.

Self defense - Excuse that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property.

The information contained in this website is intended for general information purposes only and must not be interpreted as formal legal advice or the formation of an attorney client relationship. Each case is different and requires specific independent legal advice from a licensed lawyer.