Montgomery Legal Malpractice Law Firm Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
Reliable advice from a knowledgeable Alabama attorney
When something goes wrong in your lawsuit, it can seem like you have nowhere to turn. You hired an attorney expecting they would get you results, but what happens when your attorney is unresponsive or makes careless mistakes? The firm of Chip Nix, Attorney at Law, is here to help you through this confusing and overwhelming time. Our firm is prepared to undertake the difficult task of holding negligent and fraudulent attorneys accountable. We know you have questions about your rights, so we have answered some of the most common Alabama legal malpractice questions for you, including:
- Can I sue my own attorney if he or she makes a mistake?
- Am I entitled to damages if my lawyer harmed my case?
- What happens if my attorney is acting unethically?
- What can I do if my attorney won’t call me back?
- Can I fire my lawyer?
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Holding attorneys accountable for their malpractice can be a confusing process, but Chip Nix, Attorney at Law, is there to help. When your case has been hurt by lawyer incompetence, you need an experienced attorney to fight for you. Chip Nix is a veteran litigator who believes that everyone deserves justice, even if it means holding other attorneys accountable. Contact us online or call us at 334-279-7770 today to schedule a free consultation.
Can I sue my own attorney if he or she makes a mistake?
Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to hold an attorney liable for their mistakes, but not all mistakes constitute malpractice. To hold an attorney liable, we must be able to prove that he or she violated the standard of care for lawyers in the community. This frequently requires hiring another lawyer to testify that the standard of care was broken.
Am I entitled to damages if my lawyer harmed my case?
In order to recover economic damages against an Alabama attorney, a legal malpractice lawyer will need to prove that your old attorney caused a financial loss. Normally, this means that you will need to prove an attorney prevented you from winning your case or from recovering economic damages. Your Montgomery legal malpractice lawyer will need to prove to the court that you would have won your case but for the attorney’s negligence. These cases usually require a trial.
What happens if my attorney is acting unethically?
Attorneys act unethically when they handle your money inappropriately or operate under a conflict of interest. In addition to the possibility of a malpractice suit, it is possible to file a complaint against the attorney with the Alabama State Bar. The attorney faces punishment (sanctions) from the bar association. These punishments range from a warning (called a censure) to a suspension of their law license. In extreme cases, an attorney may be permanently disbarred and not allowed to practice in the state. Filing a complaint against an unethical attorney helps protect the public. Unfortunately, you will still need to contact a legal malpractice lawyer for help getting lost money or damages back.
What can I do if my attorney won’t call me back?
Your attorney has an obligation to stay in contact with you and inform you of any important developments in your case. Often, there can be no news to report for weeks or months at a time. This doesn’t mean your attorney is ignoring you. If an attorney doesn’t return your calls, it is recommended that you write to them, asking for a written response about the status of your case. If your attorney doesn’t respond, you can fire them or explore the possibility of a bar complaint.
Can I fire my lawyer?
Yes. Yes. You almost always have the right to fire your attorney. To do so, you should write a termination letter to your lawyer. You should then contact a new attorney who you trust with your case. Before firing your attorney, it is advisable for you to discuss your complaints with said attorney. Be sure you are doing the right thing.