Legal Malpractice Attorney
in Sarasota, Florida
When you hire an attorney for legal representation, you expect them to act in your best interests and adhere to their professional and ethical responsibilities. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. If your attorney’s negligence or failure to uphold specific standards caused you harm, consider filing a legal malpractice claim.
It can be intimidating to file a lawsuit against an attorney. After all, they are likely well-versed in the relevant laws that could apply to your case. So am I. At the Law Office Of Roger L. Young, PA, I offer skilled representation to those who have been wronged by their previous attorneys. Let’s work together to pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact my office in Sarasota, Florida, to schedule a free consultation of your case. I also serve clients in Bradenton and throughout the surrounding area.
Elements of a Legal Malpractice Claim
It’s important to note that not achieving your desired result will be enough to satisfy a legal malpractice claim. If you are considering filing a claim in the state of Florida, be sure you can prove all of the following elements:
1. Your attorney owed a duty to provide competent and skillful representation.
2. Your attorney breached said duty by acting carelessly or making a mistake.
3. Your attorney's breach caused an injury or harm.
4. The harm they caused resulted in a financial loss.
Your legal malpractice attorney is responsible for showing that your underlying claim (the one handled by the attorney in question) would have been successful if not for the actions of your original attorney.
Statute of Limitations
According to Florida law, you have two years from the time the cause of action is discovered — or should have been discovered through due diligence — to file a legal malpractice claim.
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Examples of Legal Malpractice
Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney displays negligence, incompetence, or a breach of ethics or professional conduct. Their actions, therefore, cause their client to lose a case or suffer a financial loss. Examples of actions that may be considered legal malpractice include:
Failing to meet filing deadlines or statutes of limitations
Failing to attend court hearings
Breach of attorney-client privilege or confidentiality
Mishandling a client’s assets, accounts, or attorney’s fees
Stealing, embezzling, or taking client funds and assets
Overbilling or fraudulent timekeeping
Bad legal advice
Errors in drafting contracts, motions, or other legal documents
Conflicts of interest
Unethical conduct before, during, or after trial
Failing to thoroughly investigate during discovery
Failing to enlist the appropriate experts in cases where experts are required
Settling without consulting or receiving the client’s permission
Breaching fiduciary duty by acting in the attorney’s best interests rather than the client’s
Serious errors in interpreting the law
If you believe you have a case for legal malpractice, reach out to me at the Law Office Of Roger L. Young, PA in Sarasota, Florida. I am prepared to listen to your concerns and advise you on your options.
Get Advice Backed by Experience
I firmly believe that attorneys should be held accountable when they do wrong to their clients. Having practiced law since 1982, I understand what it takes to craft strong arguments in cases of legal malpractice. Now, I’m ready to put that knowledge to work for you in your fight for a fair resolution.
Contact me today for honest and intelligent representation in your Florida legal malpractice case. Whether you live in Bradenton, Sarasota, or anywhere else in the surrounding area, I am prepared to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with me today to start your pursuit of justice.