Experienced Advocacy In Legal Malpractice Cases
We turn to lawyers when we need professional representation in important life events. Whether it is to defend against criminal charges, protect your rights in a purchase or sale or represent you in a business matter or any other facet of life, you trust the lawyer you hire to provide sensible and competent representation. If an attorney fails to provide the care, skill and diligence that is commonly provided by other attorneys in similar situations, you may be able to pursue monetary compensation through a legal malpractice lawsuit.
At Berry & Beckett, PLLP, we provide assertive representation in legal malpractice lawsuits in Seattle and throughout King County and neighboring communities. These cases are complex and difficult to prove. It is important to enlist the help of an experienced legal malpractice law firm like ours to provide the best chance of producing a positive outcome.
Understanding What Constitutes Legal Malpractice
It takes more than an undesired outcome to constitute legal malpractice. It also is not considered legal malpractice when an attorney makes a tactical error as long as the attorney was acting in good faith and had the client’s best interests in mind. You must first show that you entered into a formal attorney-client relationship and then prove one of the following:
- Breach of contract
- Breach of fiduciary duty
Breach of contract occurs when an attorney disregards the terms of the initial contract. For example, you may have a valid breach of contract lawsuit if your contract requires the attorney to consult with you about terms of an agreement in a civil dispute and the attorney agrees to terms without obtaining your permission.
Negligence occurs when an attorney’s actions fail to meet an accepted standard of representation. Examples include failing to file motions on time, failing to submit documents within the statute of limitations, failing to show up for a court hearing, or being grossly unresponsive to a client.
Breach of fiduciary duty occurs when there is any failure to put the client’s interests above the attorney’s. Examples include comingling a client’s trust account funds with an attorney’s own personal fund.
What Can Be Recovered
Recoverable damages in a legal malpractice lawsuit are based on what a plaintiff could have recovered in a civil lawsuit if the lawyer had not been negligent. You also may be able to recover the value of lost property, as well as expenses and legal fees. It is possible, but not common, to collect punitive damages and/or compensatory damages for significant emotional distress.
Put Our Experience In Your Corner
We have extensive experience in a wide range of cases involving professional malpractice. These are complex cases that are defended aggressively because a lawyer’s reputation and possibly career may be on the line. We invite you to contact us online or call 206-866-0578 to schedule a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of whether it makes sense to move forward with a legal malpractice lawsuit.
We work on legal malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs and we only collect an attorney fee if we help you obtain a recovery. We represent clients in greater Seattle and throughout King County and neighboring counties. We offer free parking at our Seattle office.