Plaintiff's Legal Malpractice Attorney Serving Santa Clara County

Lawyer for Mishandled Client Matters in Silicon Valley, Oakland, and Throughout Northern California

When you hire an attorney, you create a professional relationship with that person. At that point, your attorney has to meet many obligations, including providing you with competent legal representation. In fact, California attorneys are required to adhere to a lengthy set of rules, called the Rules of Professional Conduct. These rules are designed to protect you, and to ensure that you receive quality legal assistance. Unfortunately, some attorneys fail to obey these rules and end up mismanaging a case. If you feel an attorney mishandled your case, you may be able to file suit against your attorney for negligence. 

The attorneys at The Law Offices of John P. Hannon II understand your concerns and have represented countless clients who wish to file suit against a previous attorney for mishandling their cases. Your concerns can have a serious impact on your future, and we treat matters of attorney breach of conduct seriously.

Unresponsive to Client

No matter what type of legal matter you are facing, you will have many questions for your attorney. Your lawyer should respond promptly to any request for information you make. Of course, he or she may have to take a reasonable amount of time to gather the information you need. Clearly, it is important you are kept up to date about developments in your case. You paid an attorney for his or her legal help, and you deserve to be informed about everything necessary. Your lawyer should be responsive to requests for information, questions, and concerns. If he or she is not, and that hurts your case, he or she may have committed malpractice.

It is important to note that it is not necessarily malpractice if your attorney has a reasonably delayed response to a question. Similarly, if your attorney fails to proactively inform you of irrelevant information, that is not necessarily malpractice. Ideally, you would rely on your attorney to give you the important information while efficiently managing the rest of it (which can also help you save on legal costs). Every legal malpractice case is fact-specific. Your unique interactions, or lack thereof, with your lawyer will determine whether malpractice took place.

Inappropriate Conduct

Oftentimes, legal malpractice is the result of irresponsible, neglectful, or simply forgetful actions by your lawyer. Other times, your lawyer may intentionally behave in an inappropriate manner towards you. Like other types of legal malpractice, this type of conduct can take many forms, such as:

  • Verbal abuse;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Making threats;
  • Using slurs/profanity; or
  • Inappropriate physical contact.

Just as when your lawyer fails to inform you of important updates, his or her inappropriate behavior can have a negative impact on your case. It is essential to a legal malpractice suit to show that your attorney’s behavior had such an effect or harmed you in some way. This can be difficult to prove, especially if your original case is still ongoing. If you think your lawyer’s actions or inactions damaged your case, consult with a San Jose legal malpractice lawyer to discuss your options.

Contact Our San Jose Legal Malpractice Firm

The legal team at The Law Offices of John P. Hannon II is dedicated to representing clients in legal malpractice cases. For over 30 years, Attorney John P. Hannon II has utilized his extensive legal knowledge to help clients seek compensation for damages caused by another lawyer’s incompetence. If you would like to discuss your situation with him during a free consultation, contact San Jose office at (831) 476-8005.