Like any other licensed professional, attorneys are required to provide services consistent with certain standards and professional obligations.
Among other things, attorneys are supposed to:
- File your lawsuit within the statute of limitations
- Appropriately work up your case
- Communicate with you regarding the status of the case
- Provide services consistent with the fee agreement
- Meet court deadlines
- Follow court rules
- Obtain settlement authority or communicate settlement offers
- Follow other professional standards
An attorney’s failure to follow these standards can result in the dismissal of your case, money sanctions, financial loss, or all of the above. If you need an attorney malpractice lawyer in Denver, Reinan Law can help you sue a lawyer for negligence.
In order to prove a case for attorney malpractice or negligence, you must not only prove that the attorney was negligent by failing to follow professional standards, but you must also prove that you would have won the case but for your attorney’s negligence. In other words, you must prove, in addition to negligence, that you had a good case to start out with.
This is often the toughest part of bringing an attorney malpractice suit. Lawyers call it the “case within a case.” At trial, you must put on the case that your lawyer should have originally tried — to prove that your case was good — and then also prove that your lawyer dropped the ball by failing to put on your good case in the first place.
As you might imagine, the other thing that makes attorney malpractice cases potentially difficult is the fact that you are suing an attorney, who will also have an attorney and insurance company providing his or her defense.
For these reasons, many lawyers shy away from taking attorney malpractice cases. But here at Reinan Law, we have the experience, knowledge, and some of the best attorney malpractice lawyers in Denver!