Can I Be Sued for Legal Malpractice?
You can be sued for almost anything. The real question is whether a lawsuit for legal malpractice would be valid. Many are not, but even an unfounded claim of legal malpractice can be expensive to defend against.
If you think that you’ve made a mistake that has caused damage to a client, in other words, if you think that you committed legal malpractice, immediately notify your professional liability insurance carrier. A failure to immediately notify the carrier may result in a denial of coverage or have other adverse consequences.
If you have done any of the following, you might be sued for legal malpractice:
- Filed a complaint after the statute of limitation passed
- Improperly wrote a will or trust
- Failed to inform a client about a claim
- Failed to hire experts for a trial
- Failed to properly handle a divorce, such as by failing to learn about all assets of the opposing party
- Mishandled a real estate transaction
- Engaged in a conflict of interest
There are thousands of ways that a lawyer can commit legal malpractice. There may be defenses to a claim for legal malpractice that prevent you from incurring expensive litigation, judgments, and the stress and embarrassment that can accompany a legal malpractice lawsuit.
Your professional liability carrier generally will hire counsel to represent you in a legal malpractice lawsuit. With many policies lawyers have a right to select counsel of their choice. Select Konicek & Dillon, P.C. to represent you, and tell your carrier your choice. You’ll have the benefit of many years of experience in handling complicated legal malpractice matters.
By Thomas W. Dillon