When you retain a lawyer, you place your trust in him or her to do what is best for you and to handle your case with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. When you suffer a financial loss or are otherwise harmed because of your attorney’s actions, who can you call for help? If you are in New Jersey, you can turn to The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. Our Bergen County legal malpractice lawyers aggressively pursue claims for those who have received ineffective assistance from other lawyers. With over 120 years of combined experience, we know how to win complex legal malpractice cases and fight for your right to fair compensation.

We know it can be difficult to trust another lawyer after your original lawyer harmed you.  Our legal team believes that the relationship between attorney and client is sacred.  A lawyer should feel privileged when someone entrusts a serious matter to him or her. We are not afraid to hold lawyers accountable when they fail to provide services that meet the expected professional standards. To learn more about your legal rights and how we can help protect them, contact our Bergen County legal malpractice lawyers for a free consultation today.

What is Legal Malpractice?

Simply put, legal malpractice occurs when a lawyer, whether through an error or omission, fails to provide services that meet the standard of care expected from a licensed attorney. Legal malpractice can occur in any type of case, from transactions to personal injury to employment law to contract disputes.

To win compensation for legal malpractice, our lawyers will work to prove:

  • Your lawyer deviated from the standard of care or violated the legal code of ethics, and
  • You were somehow harmed because of that wrongdoing (in most cases, this requires showing financial harm)

There are a variety of examples of malpractice, including:

  • Taking a case that is outside the scope of the lawyer’s knowledge
  • Failing to file a case within the time limit (statute of limitations)
  • Stealing or misappropriating your funds or property, whether by improperly retaining property you entrusted to them or even by refusing to pay your full settlement award
  • Pursuing an invalid or frivolous claim
  • Failing to perform due diligence when working through a transaction
  • General errors in litigation, such as failing to research, understand or properly apply the law
  • Billing errors, including overbilling or charging you for something the lawyer never did
  • Taking a case despite conflicts of interest that may prevent a lawyer from working solely in the client’s best interest
  • Pressuring you to settle a case or not advising you of a settlement offer
  • Improperly investigating your case
  • Failing to sufficiently prepare your case
  • Breaching your right to confidentiality

Navigating Fee Disputes and Law Firm Dissolutions

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our legal malpractice proficiency extends beyond traditional realms. Our practice also encompasses representation in attorney fee disputes and law firm dissolution cases.

Fee disputes, which often arise from divergent views on legal fee division among collaborating attorneys, can involve high stakes and become fiercely combative. Similarly, law firm dissolutions present intricate issues around asset distribution, ongoing cases, and client lists. These complex situations can rapidly escalate into legal disputes.

Navigating such disputes can be challenging due to their financial implications, emotional intensity, and complex legalities. Hence, the expertise of seasoned lawyer negligence attorneys, like our team in Teaneck, NJ, is invaluable for achieving a fair resolution in these complex legal scenarios.

The idea of lawyers suing other lawyers who allegedly committed legal malpractice should not be seen as contradictory or ironic. Like other professionals, including doctors and architects, lawyers are held to reasonable standards and must abide by a code of ethics.  

Legal clients have the right to expect that their rights will be protected when lawyers accept their cases.  Our lawyers are passionate about getting justice for those who have been harmed through legal malpractice. 

How Our Experienced Bergen County Legal Malpractice Lawyers Can Help

If you think your lawyer committed an error, it is important to speak with an experienced legal malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Legal malpractice cases are complex. To win compensation, your lawyer must have enough experience to prove:

  • Your original lawyer deviated from the standard of care, and so breached their duty to you, as their client
  • That wrongdoing directly caused a negative or worse outcome in the underlying case or transaction
  • You suffered harm because of that negative outcome

Sometimes, legal malpractice cases are almost like two cases in one.  We must both prove that your lawyer committed an error and work on the underlying case to show how your results would have been different with a competent lawyer.

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our lawyer negligence attorneys in Teaneck, NJ have been fighting to protect clients’ rights for decades. Collectively, we have over 120 years of experience—and have a reputation in the legal community for providing effective, skilled legal counsel to our clients.  When you choose us, our lawyers will:

  • Investigate your case thoroughly to gain the evidence we need to prove your case
  • Make sure you understand what might happen as your case progresses
  • Keep you informed, which means your attorney will be available to answer your questions every step of the way
  • Advocate zealously on your behalf to protect your rights

We offer a free consultation so that we can discuss your case in detail and form a strategy that works for you. To learn more, call our office today.

Contact the Trusted Lawyer Negligence Attorneys in Teaneck, NJ at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. for Help Pursuing a Legal Negligence Claim

If you are concerned that your attorney has committed a crucial error and as a result, you have suffered significant damages, our Bergen County legal malpractice lawyers are here to help. You can either contact us online or call our office to schedule a free consultation. 

It is important that you act quickly in order to preserve any claims that you may have.  Like any other type of case, the time frame for filing a legal malpractice claim is limited by New Jersey law.

Legal Malpractice Services In Areas Nearby

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Contact the law offices of The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. today at (201) 231-7847 for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Legal Malpractice Claims in Bergen County and Throughout NJ

How does legal malpractice happen?

What kind of compensation can I recover in a legal malpractice claim in Bergen County or elsewhere in New Jersey?

Available compensation will depend upon your lost profits, lost income or economic losses. For example, in overbilling or theft cases, you may be entitled to restitution for amounts your lawyer obtained improperly. If your lawyer’s mishandling of your case led to a lower than expected damages award, you might be entitled to compensation to make up the difference.

If my lawyer told me that I would receive much more compensation than I actually did in my original case, do I have a claim for malpractice?

You might. Usually, a lawyer’s estimate about what your case is worth will be just that—an estimate. Judges and juries are unpredictable, and unexpected evidence may have come to light. However, if your lawyer’s actions somehow contributed to a much lower compensation award, those actions may amount to actionable malpractice.