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Why did my divorce cost so much?

Malpractice cases hinge upon the lawyer doing something incorrectly, or failing to do something that they should have done, and a resulting damage that flowed from that negligent act. We get [...]

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Chandler & Moore Law’s Top 10 Tips Revisited – Part I

We often get asked to speak at CLE seminars on the topics of Risk Management, Legal Ethics, and Professional Liability. One of the more interactive parts of our presentation is our list of Top 10 [...]

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Damages in a legal malpractice action

A claimant needs three things for a viable legal malpractice case. First, there must be an attorney-client relationship. Second, the lawyer must have breached their duties owed to the client. And [...]

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Client requests their file, now what?

Whether a client is changing counsel, had a change of heart about pursuing their case, or any other reason, there’s a clear set of guidelines that lawyers must follow in order to avoid a [...]

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Credibility: truth, lies, and exaggerations

In every case, a lot is riding on credibility. It’s the main way that a jury evaluates testimony of witnesses and parties. And credibility, like reputation, takes a long time to build, but [...]

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Defenses to legal malpractice claims

Just because a lawyer did something wrong does not mean that there is a viable legal malpractice claim. If the alleged legal malpractice arose out of other litigation, then the plaintiff must [...]

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Your duty to read the document you are signing

Does a client have a duty to read the document they are signing? Consider the following hypothetical. A lawyer represents a party in a divorce case. The parties reach a settlement, which is [...]

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Risks for lawyers wearing other hats

Lawyers are often called upon to wear many hats other than lawyer.  However, many times the new hat requires the lawyer to lend a hand using his education, skill, and experiences practicing law. [...]

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Legal malpractice cases arising from personal injury cases

As we recently discussed, the 2015 ABA study put personal injury cases in first place once again as the practice area generating the most number of legal malpractice claims across the nation. [...]

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When should you sue a client for fees?

You work really hard for a client and then the client stops paying or refuses to pay an outstanding bill. Generally, it’s been said that a lawyer should never sue a client for unpaid fees. [...]

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