LEGAL MALPRACTICE & NEGLIGENCE
Legal Malpractice & Negligence Attorneys in Boise, Idaho
Attorneys are required to adhere to the canons and ethics that govern the legal profession. As fiduciaries, attorneys are also required to act in the best interest of their clients, providing full disclosure and consulting with them in issues directly affecting a case. When a lawyer violates his or her fiduciary duty, or fails to act in conformity with the professional standards that govern the practice of law, they can be held liable for any financial harm suffered by their client as a result. Consequently, legal malpractice is not a function of your having lost a case; rather, legal malpractice involves financial harm suffered as a result of negligent legal representation.
At Fulcher Koontz Law, we represent people who have suffered financial harm as a result of inadequate, negligent representation on the part of an attorney. We review courtroom transcripts, evaluate how evidence or testimony was handled, and what documents were filed. We expose ethical violations and deviations from best practices and standard protocols that indicate incompetent, negligent legal representation.
Legal Malpractice: What to Look For
Each case of legal malpractice involves unique issues. The following kinds of negligence may constitute legal malpractice:
- Failure to meet a deadline
- Failure to file correct papers or documents within the statute of limitations
- Failure to present important evidence at trial
- Agreeing to settlement without consulting with client first
- Overbilling a client
- Mistakes in drafting a contract
- Mistakes in drafting a will or trust
- Failure to identify exposure to liability in real estate or business contract
If You Decide to Sue Your Attorney
There is a time limit called a “statute of limitations” that applies to legal malpractice cases. You must take action within the time limit, or you are prohibited from doing so. If you have suffered financial loss due to your attorney’s negligence, it’s important to speak to an attorney to determine if you can still file a lawsuit to recover damages.
You are entitled to ask your attorney to provide you with a copy of your file or other information related to your case. If your attorney refuses to cooperate, we can obtain the necessary information through the discovery process of your civil action. After review of your case file and any court transcripts, we can determine if legal malpractice occurred.
Let’s Discuss the Results You Want to Achieve
If you believe you have suffered financial loss due to the negligent actions of your attorney, contact FULCHER KOONTZ LAW. Call us at (208) 888-9980 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.