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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.

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.

Three ways to prevent legal malpractice

Legal malpractice describes a situation in which an attorney has either been negligent with a client's case or handled it in a way that purposefully caused harm or damage to the client. An attorney may not be perfect, but it's important to be able to discern small mistakes from legal malpractice.

What happens if your attorney shares confidential information?

The legal system was designed so clients can speak openly with their attorneys, securing the legal guidance they need without information being used against them. To guard this exchange of information, clients are protected by client-attorney privileges and a duty of confidentiality. Together, these protections promote honesty and trust between you and your attorney.

Top three reasons people sue their lawyers for malpractice

For most people, hiring a lawyer is a difficult task. Most individuals only decide to hire an attorney to solve a problem. The breakdown of a marriage, a legal dispute over property, and many other legal problems are not something anyone really plans for - until the need arises in the real world. Lawyers owe their clients a duty of care. For an individual, the legal process is cumbersome and many rights may be at stake. When an attorney fails to meet the minimum standard of care in resolving a legal problem, there may be a legal malpractice issue.

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