When you hire a lawyer, there are certain services that you can expect. The list can be long and varied depending on the lawyer but some of the common services provided are things such as: consultation for legal information and advice; consultation to review documents; mediation, arbitration, or third party services; preparing documents; representation during negotiations; representation in court. However one of the most important services that a lawyer should provide is attorney-client privilege.
What is attorney-client privilege?
Attorney-client privilege is an American legal concept that protects certain communications between a client and his or her attorney and keeps those communications confidential. When you are communicating with your lawyer he should be conducting himself in such a way that your information is not made public, or does not potentially fall into the wrong hands. If this were to happen you would potentially have a case of professional malpractice on your hands.
How to I know if I have a case of professional malpractice?
- Legal malpractice is a term used to describe wrongful or negligent acts by an attorney that cause harm to his client.
- Wrongful or negligent acts are an attorney’s failure to provide legal services that meet the required standard of care, skill, and diligence the attorney owes the client, which results in damage to the client.
- The best way to determine if your attorney has committed malpractice is to consult with another attorney. Legal malpractice is difficult to prove and is best proven by a professional.
If you have any questions about the subject of professional malpractice or are in need of legal advice or representation along these lines please contact the offices of Chilivis Grubman Dalbey & Warner.