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We Hold Lawyers Responsible When They Are Negligent

Lawyers can be negligent in the performance of their professional duties to the detriment of their clients. Our attorneys have experience prosecuting legal malpractice claims.

Understanding Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney fails to perform with the degree of professional skill that is commonly expected of an average practicing attorney.

It encompasses different situations, all of which must result in actual harm to the client in order to be actionable, such as:

  • Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations: For every claim or cause of action that a client might have, there is a statute of limitations. This is the deadline by which a claim must be filed in court or else the claimant loses the legal right to pursue a lawsuit.
  • Bad advice: The attorney gives wrong legal advice, fails to be up to date in the law, or fails to know the law.
  • Lack of communication or abandoning the case: The attorney fails to communicate with the client, or disappears altogether, misses important deadlines, fails to advise the client of important updates in the case and developments, or fails to communicate settlement offers.
  • Fraud: This can include stealing from a client, misappropriating funds, or otherwise taking advantage of the fiduciary role and exploiting a client.

We can help you determine what type of claim you have and what you can expect from the process of bringing an action for legal malpractice.

Defining Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice has been defined by our courts as “the failure of one rendering professional services to exercise that degree of skill and learning commonly applied under all the circumstances in the community by the average prudent reputable member of the profession with the result of injury, loss, or damage to the recipient of those services ….” Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. v. Beckett, 269 Conn. 613, 649, 850 A.2d 145 (2004).

There must be the following four criteria must be satisfied in order to prove a claim for legal malpractice: (1) the existence of an attorney-client relationship, (2) that the attorney committed a wrongful act or omission, (3) causation, and (4) damages.

Navigating Connecticut’s Legal Malpractice Laws

Connecticut has specific laws governing legal malpractice claims. It is important to understand the statute of limitations, which sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit and other procedural requirements. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have in-depth knowledge of Connecticut’s legal malpractice laws and can guide you through the complexities of your case.

 Take The First Step Toward Justice

If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of legal malpractice, you are well within your rights to seek legal counsel about a claim against that negligent attorney. Contact Logan, Vance, Sullivan & Kores in Torrington to schedule a free confidential consultation. You can call us at 860-733-6504 or use our online form. Our compassionate team will listen to your story, assess your case, and help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. Remember, we are just a click or call away.