If you are like most people here in Maryland and elsewhere, you probably contact an attorney because you have a problem that requires his or her experience. You trust that your best interests remain a priority and your case will be resolved in the best manner possible. Unfortunately, like those in other professions, mistakes can happen. The question is whether that mistake constituted legal malpractice and caused you economic harm.
The threshold for proving that malpractice occurred is high. You will need to show that your attorney was incompetent or otherwise acted negligently or fraudulently. However, that is not enough. You must also show that you suffered financial harm as a direct result.
A lawyer working in any area of practice could make a mistake. If your bankruptcy attorney forgets to include all of your debts and you remain responsible for them as a result, that mistake could cost you. If your attorney accepted a settlement for an unconscionably low amount or without your authorization, you could lose out on restitution you deserve. If your attorney misuses the money you gave as a retainer or fails to disclose a conflict of interest that causes you financial harm, these types of actions could also constitute legal malpractice.
Before proceeding with a claim for legal malpractice, it may be a good idea to obtain an understanding of your rights and legal options. Doing so may require the assistance of a Maryland attorney who represents people that sustain financial harm due to the error, negligence or incompetence of an attorney. If your case meets the required threshold, you could be entitled to restitution for your monetary losses.