Florida Legal Malpractice Defense Attorneys
Ethics Violations, Breach of Contract, Fiduciary Duties
The Lawyer’s Lawyer
Attorneys are more and more frequently coming under attack for ethics violations, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and other claims. According to a recent American Bar Association study, legal malpractice claims mirror the economy and in a troubled economy, those claims skyrocket.
In many cases, the best defense against legal malpractice claims is prevention. Some general things to think about to help you reduce your risk of a legal malpractice claim include:
» Make sure that someone in the office, other than the lead attorney, knows the general status of your cases, contact information and where all case information is kept.
» Ensure a manageable workload for all people in the office so avoidable errors don’t occur.
» Ensure your legal assistants are trained to calculate deadlines properly.
» Guard against conflict of interest situations.
» Strongly evaluate your client screening process.
» Audit your firm for current weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
» Take a hard look at your malpractice insurance policy; and if you don’t have a policy, strongly consider whether the risk of a malpractice claim is greater than the cost of the policy.
If the worst happens and you are sued for a legal malpractice, don’t panic, but do seek counsel. If you are being sued for malpractice or if the state of Florida is threatening to reprimand, suspend or disbar you from practice, you need to talk to attorney – Robert Critton of Critton, Luttier & Coleman. Over the course of the last two decades, we’ve gained a reputation as being the “Lawyer’s lawyers.” Robert Critton is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with extensive legal malpractice defense experience, defending lawyers against grievances and disciplinary action.
If you are facing a threat to your reputation or livelihood, don’t go it alone, call or email Robert Critton of Critton, Luttier & Coleman at 561-842-2820.