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There is more than one reason to fire your attorney

When you hire an attorney, you assume this person will handle everything related to your case in a timely and responsible manner. Unfortunately, as your case unfolds, you may realize that things are not going as planned.

Even if you put a lot of time into choosing the right attorney, you may soon find that you're not a good match. This alone may not be reason enough to fire your attorney, however, there are specific things that can happen that lead you down this path.

How do I know if my attorney committed malpractice?

It can be very challenging for a lay person not well-versed in the law to know -- let alone prove -- that their attorney committed legal malpractice with their civil case. When this occurs, the clients may have little proof other than a vague, unsettled feeling that justice was never served.

Of course, a feeling of discontent is insufficient evidence to warrant filing a lawsuit alleging legal malpractice. But it can be the first step in sifting through the evidence to find credible proof that your attorney was negligent in litigating your case before a judge or jury.

Has your attorney made secondary income off your relationship?

Working as an attorney can be a lucrative career. Lawyers can charge hundreds of dollars an hour for their time, and they can bill for every moment that they spend with the client.

Whether it is answering an email or discussing your case with someone with a specialized background in that area, many attorneys have the ability to make substantial money off of any work people bring to them. Unfortunately, for some attorneys, that income from their clients isn't enough.

Can you sue your lawyer? Things you need to know

You hire a lawyer to provide trustworthy legal advice and competent assistance. However, as your case moves forward, you may come to find that you're not getting the level of service you were promised.

This leads to an important question: Do you have the right to sue your lawyer for legal malpractice?

Can your lawyer change your divorce agreement?

Using a lawyer for divorce is almost always necessary. Even if divorcing spouses agree on most issues, a lawyer should be used to draft and file the agreements that are made.

But, what if your lawyer is opposed to your agreements? Is an attorney who changes or refuses your agreement doing you wrong?

Need a lawyer? Here's what to look for.

If you're in need of a lawyer - for whatever reason- it's important to choose one that's going to have your back. If there is anyone you should - and must - rely on during this time, it's your lawyer.

Follow these steps to find legal representation that will offer you consistent communication, honesty, hard work, accuracy and results.

How to fire your attorney

Far too many times, individuals hold the false belief that their attorney is untouchable. On the contrary, you can fire your lawyer anytime if your case is not pending in court. Even then, you can receive permission to terminate the relationship. However, despite such freedoms, firing an attorney is no light matter.

Three signs of toxic mold: Is it in your home?

For many people in Chicago, their house is their biggest investment. Whether you have built your house from scratch, or spent thousands on renovations, your expectations are the same. You trust that your property is safe, and maintains value. However, the presence of toxic mold changes everything. 

Fiduciary relationships are held to the highest standards

All healthy relationships require a basic foundation of trust: Professional relationships are no different. Oftentimes, business owners, contractors and other individuals put their finances in the hands of an investor or advisor. You enter a state of vulnerability when you rest your confidence in another's ability. Breach of fiduciary duty happens when that person breaks your trust. 

Is your attorney overbilling you?

Legal malpractice can come in many different forms. Some are subtler than others, but all have the potential to add complications to your case and personal life. Common ways you could be a victim of legal malpractice can include planning errors, failure to properly apply the law, inadequate work and conflict of interest.

Nobody wants to be charged fees that exceed the quantity or quality of the services received. It can be an unethical practice for any business. Attorneys often are put under the stereotype of charging clients for as much as possible to get the most money. While this is not true for every attorney in existence, there have been many who were caught and charged for crossing the line.

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