Legal Malpractice Lawsuits Handled With Professionalism in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Like other professions, lawyers have a standard for professional and ethical conduct which must be maintained. An attorney has the obligation to act in the client's best interest. When the lawyer's mistake amounts to negligence and impacts a client's rights, the client may have a claim for legal malpractice. At Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald, P.L.L.C., we have the experience to recognize when a lawyer's negligence amounts to legal malpractice.
Legal malpractice frequently involves issues such as:
- Failing to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations has run out
- Failing to keep the client fully informed as the case progresses and of settlement offers
- Failing to inform the client of a conflict of interest
- Negligently handling a case due to incompetence or inexperience
- Misappropriating the client's funds
In order to succeed on a claim for legal malpractice, the client will have to prove that there was an attorney/client relationship, that the attorney acted in a negligent manner, that the negligence of the attorney caused the client to sustain an injury, and that the client actually sustained an injury.
At Worsfold Macfarlane McDonald, P.L.L.C., we have experienced trial attorneys familiar with all areas of litigation. This is particularly important in legal malpractice cases as the client is required to prove that the underlying lawsuit would have been successful had the attorney not been negligent. Our experienced attorneys can not only recognize the strengths of a malpractice case, but we can also recognize the chance of success of the original claim. This experience allows our attorneys to fully and properly advise clients of the potential of their claims. Clients who prevail in legal malpractice claims may be entitled to receive damages including those damages they would have received had the attorney not been negligent and reimbursement of the attorneys fee paid to the negligent lawyer.
Under Michigan law, subject to certain exceptions, clients are required to file a legal malpractice lawsuit within two years. If suit is not filed within two years, then the client risks the chance of being barred from filing a legal malpractice claim. As such, it is crucial that a potential client contact an attorney immediately if there is a suspicion that legal malpractice has occurred.
To discuss your potential legal malpractice case with an experienced attorney, please call 616-977-9200 or fill out the contact form on this site. From our office in Grand Rapids, we represent clients throughout Michigan.