legal malpractice

Statute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice Cases

Attorneys are required to provide their clients with quality legal services. Some attorneys, however, fall far short in this area. When an attorney fails to provide a client with the level of service required by law, the client may file a legal malpractice lawsuit. Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney’s failure to provide service that…

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Resolving Business Disputes Outside of Court: The Value of Arbitration and Mediation

Alternative dispute resolution is a process that allows individuals to settle legal issues outside of court. There are many advantages to settling civil disputes through alternative dispute resolution. Two of the most popular forms of alternative dispute resolution are arbitration and mediation. Below we discuss the value of arbitration and mediation.  What is mediation? Mediation…

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How to Protect Yourself from Civil Forfeiture

In New Jersey, law enforcement is permitted to seize property that is related to or derived from a crime. Civil forfeiture is common in drug crime cases, weapons crime cases, racketeering cases, and white-collar crime cases. Property subject to civil forfeiture in New Jersey includes: Homes Vehicles Financial Accounts Businesses When the government wins in…

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Avoiding Costly Partnership and Shareholder Disputes

Partnership and shareholder disputes happen for a variety of reasons. One of the primary reasons that partnership and shareholder disputes occur is poorly written partnership and shareholder agreements. When parties fail to effectively define their expectations by way of a shareholder or partnership agreement, this opens the door for disputes regarding issues like ownership percentages,…

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Legal Association Disapproves of New Jersey’s Plan to Restart Criminal Trials

New Jersey recently announced plans to restart criminal trials using a combination of in-person and remote proceedings, including jury selection. However, a prominent legal association of criminal defense attorneys has spoken out against the state’s plan to resume trials for the first time in approximately four months.  According to state officials, approximately 5,000 defendants are…

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Legal Fee Disputes: 7 Things Clients Should Know

People in the U.S. spend over $100 billion in legal fees each year. Most of these legal fees are collected by ethical attorneys. Unfortunately, however, some lawyers take advantage of their clients by charging them more than what is warranted under the circumstances. A client who believes that his or her attorney’s legal fees are…

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Attorney going over legal malpractice case with client.

Elements of a Legal Malpractice Case

Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney’s failure to act in a way that is consistent with the legal profession’s standard of care causes harm to a client. In order to prevail in a legal malpractice case, a person must prove the following elements:  The existence of an attorney-client relationship The first thing an individual must…

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