What Is Legal Malpractice? | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog
Legal malpractice cases are often expensive to litigate and difficult to win. Three conditions must exist in order to prove legal malpractice:
An attorney-client relationship existed;
The attorney breached a duty he or she owed to the client; and
The attorney’s wrongdoing caused the client harm.
The most common reasons for a legal malpractice suit are:
The lawyer didn’t know the substantive law well enough;
The lawyer failed to get a client’s consent or to inform the client;
The lawyer failed to calendar events;
Not knowing or observing a deadline; and
Insufficient discovery and/or investigation.
If you have concerns about the conduct of your lawyer, the links below provide information on how to make an inquiry with the local bar.
Virginia – How to File an Inquiry About a Lawyer Maryland – Attorney Grievance Commission District of Columbia – When Problems Arise: Complaints About Attorneys