There are many different kinds of lawyers who offer assistance to clients in a wide range of matters. At some point, you may need to hire an attorney to represent you in court, help you through a divorce, prepare your estate plan, defend you against criminal charges, or assist you with business matters. No matter who you retain and why, your lawyer should be your strongest advocate. The lawyer you hired should be committed to your best interests over their own, or anyone else’s. The expectation is that your lawyer will not only protect and advance those interests, but to do so competently and honestly.
Unfortunately, attorneys sometimes betray their clients’ trust and engage in legal malpractice. Lawyers may ignore or neglect their responsibilities, do substandard work that exposes their clients to problems or fails to accomplish their goals or misrepresent the truth about the services they claim to have provided.
When Attorneys Don’t Do Their Jobs, Doughty Alcaraz Holds Them Accountable
When lawyers fail to do their jobs and clients suffer, those lawyers should be held accountable for their professional misconduct. For individuals throughout New Mexico who have been victimized by an unscrupulous or incompetent attorney, the legal malpractice lawyers at Doughty Alcaraz provide them with the justice and compensation they deserve.
We treat malpractice by our colleagues in the legal profession with the utmost concern. As lawyers, we know how much clients depend on us to help them with some of the most important matters they may ever face. Our clients put their trust in our knowledge, experience, skill, and commitment to their best interests. When we learn that other attorneys fail to adhere to the standards of our profession and harm clients, we believe that it is our responsibility to make those clients whole.
How Attorneys Commit Malpractice
Given the wide range of legal issues that attorneys handle, there is an equally large number of ways attorneys can commit legal malpractice. Some common acts which can form the basis of an Albuquerque legal malpractice claim include:
- Representing a client while having a known conflict of interest
- Breaching fiduciary duty
- Missing an applicable statute of limitation
- Negligent or unauthorized case settlement
- Negligence during the trial
- Incorrect advice
- Failure to understand or apply the law
- Misapplication of client funds or proceeds
- Failure to follow client directions
- Clerical errors
- Failure to prepare, send or file necessary documents
- Inflated billing
- Misrepresentation or falsehoods
If Your Lawyer Betrayed Your Trust, Call Our New Mexico Legal Malpractice Law Firm Today
At Doughty Alcaraz, we pride ourselves on our commitment and professionalism, representing each client to the best of our abilities with the utmost skill, honesty, and diligence. If your attorney fell short of that standard and you suffered losses as a result, we welcome the opportunity to learn more about your situation and explore ways we can help you.
To arrange for your free initial consultation to discuss your legal malpractice questions and concerns, and for an evaluation of your claims, please call or contact us to schedule a free consultation with an attorney. Se Habla Español.