Did You Receive Improper Legal Advice?
Just as surgeons have a duty to advise their patients about the risks and benefits of an operation, so do lawyers have a duty to advise their clients about the risks and benefits associated with a client’s decision or course of action. If your lawyer fails to properly advise you, he or she may be guilty of malpractice.
At Konicek & Dillon, P.C., we represent people who have suffered damages as a result of poor advice from their attorneys. We can bring unique value to your case because we also defend lawyers against legal malpractice claims. As a result, we hold insights gained from having worked on both sides of these cases.
What Is Informed Consent?
To give informed consent, a person must have all relevant facts at the time consent is given. In other words, a person must first be informed before he or she can consent.
In a legal case, a decision can have risks that you are not aware of. For example, if you ask an attorney if you can quit your job and start a business that competes with your former employer, the lawyer must advise you about the risks of doing so (for example, you could be sued by your former employer). The lawyer must explain the law in a way that a layperson can understand.
Too often, legal malpractice is the result of an attorney taking on a case that he or she is not qualified to handle. If a lawyer is not competent to advise a client in a certain matter, he or she should gain that knowledge or refer the case to someone who is competent.
Unfortunately, once you make a decision based on poor advice, there may be no going back. If you suffer damages as a result of your attorney’s failure to advise you, you can sue your lawyer for the resulting damages.
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For more information about a lawyer’s failure to advise you, call us at one of our two offices: Geneva (630-313-2071) or Chicago (312-239-0283). We also invite you to fill out the contact form on this website. We offer blended hourly and contingency fees in many cases as part of our larger commitment to delivering to you the personalized legal services you need to protect your rights.