Denver legal malpractice attorney Marc Kaplan has served as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases and has years of experience representing victims of professional malpractice. The legal malpractice attorneys at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. are uniquely qualified to review whether legal malpractice occurred in your case. Contact a legal malpractice lawyer for help today!
Legal malpractice occurs when an outcome is beyond bad or unfortunate. Just because an attorney gave you advice that turned out to be wrong does not mean he or she is liable or guilty of legal malpractice. What creates liability is the lawyer’s failure to act as a reasonably competent lawyer would have acted in the same or similar circumstance, and that the failure to meet that standard caused the damages you suffered.
Our lawyers are frequently called in after the fact to analyze and review bad results and render opinions on whether they related to legal malpractice. Using our knowledge of Colorado law and past experience, our team is able to determine whether there is a viable legal malpractice claim. We can also explain whether pursing a case is economically feasible for the client. Then, if a claim is warranted, the Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. legal team and the client will devise a strategy for either settlement or a trial, depending on the damages that can be reasonably obtained and the financial cost of pursing the claim.
Mistakes that rise to the level of legal malpractice can be caused by something such as improper analysis or research, poor drafting of an agreement, failure to meet deadlines, or incompetence in preparing or trying a case. Mistakes caused by lawyers can often result in losing a case, suffering financial loss, and incurring unnecessary attorney’s fees. In some cases, a lawyer’s mistake may result in opening you to significant liability and lengthy litigation. In the divorce or civil processes, sub-par representation can lead to bad results that may be difficult or impossible to reverse.
Speculation, suspicion, or the possibility / probability that the wrongful conduct cost you money is not enough to support a legal malpractice case. Often the key is in finding actual proof that the conduct was negligent, and that the negligence caused the damage incurred by the client. This aspect, called causation, is often hard or impossible to prove without speculation or taking risk in proving what would have happened if not for the negligent conduct. The Denver legal malpractice attorneys at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. will give you honest advice if your case is not worth your investment of time or money.
Sometimes while analyzing a potential malpractice case, the Denver legal malpractice lawyers at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. discovery a way to fix or minimize the damage caused, in the trial court or through an appeal. However, there are very short deadlines that must be met to go back to the trial court or appeal the orders of the court, so the sooner the client acts the more likely the time limitations are met.
Also, in certain situations, special notices must be sent out to preserve your right to sue. Therefore, it is extremely critical not to delay having a potential claim analyzed. Many very good cases have been thrown out of court due to delays in bringing those claims or in delays in consulting a malpractice lawyer.
Clients also may owe money to lawyers for work suspected to be negligent or unnecessary. The Denver legal malpractice attorneys at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. have experience handling fee disputes, and have lectured other lawyers on what is a reasonable fee and the consequences of charging an unreasonable fee. If you feel that you may be charged an unreasonable fee, or if fees were for negligent work, the attorneys at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. are available to consult or represent you with respect to that dispute.