Legal malpractice causes a client significant and jeopardizes their fight for justice. If you have a poor experience with an attorney, it does not mean you can claim malpractice. You might have a situation where you found a lawyer who is just not good at the job.
When you need legal guidance for your family issues, you need an attorney you can trust, respect and have confidence in. Here are three signs that an attorney might not be a good fit for you.
1. Poor communication
A good attorney will show concern over your questions and demonstrate a willingness to listen and answer them. Lawyers should regularly communicate important information about your case to you as well. If you struggle to get in contact with the attorney and you feel ignored, this is a sign to move on.
2. Hidden billing information
While your attorney needs to make money, there is no need for unreasonable and unclear billing practices. Watch for signs of padding the time, adding surcharges or unclear line items. A good attorney will inform you of the expected costs and establish a concise billing plan.
3. Unprofessional behavior
Displays of unprofessionalism weaken your confidence in the attorney’s ability to do the job well. Showing up late, missing court appearances, refusing to return phone calls, filing paperwork incorrectly or refusing to address a conflict of interest are all signs of unprofessional behavior.
Many behaviors or practices could lead to a more serious concern of unethical behaviors. Any red flags are grounds for reconsidering your choice of attorney.