Attorneys are professionals who rely on their education, experience, talent, and their effort to do a quality job. Unfortunately, sometimes they can make a mistake. There are two types of mistakes that can be made: ethical and professional.

Ethical Mistake

When there is an ethical mistake, you can bring an ethics complaint against the attorney through the State Bar. This is a free process, but it rarely gets the client any money back or any sort of better result. This process is similar to reporting someone for breaking a law. For this, you do not need to hire an attorney. You can if you want to.

Professional Mistake

When an attorney makes a professional mistake, this is called malpractice. Different states have different standards for how to prove malpractice. In North Carolina, in order to prove malpractice, you essentially have to show that you would have had a better outcome without the mistake made by the attorney. Certain mistakes are almost always malpractice, like missed appellate deadlines or statute of limitations that prevent your case from moving forward.

For malpractice, you need to file a lawsuit against the attorney for malpractice. Generally, this involves hiring a new attorney. Most every attorney has malpractice insurance to protect him or herself from these types of mistakes. This insurance also protects the client.

Combined Mistake

Some mistakes can amount to both ethical violations and malpractice. In these cases, you can conduct the processes simultaneously because ethical violations rarely provide monetary awards to wronged clients.

 

If you’d like to have more answers to frequently asked questions about business law, check out Answers From Inside: The Must-Read Business Law FAQs for Entrepreneurs, available on Amazon.

Disclaimer

The information on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Any information is meant strictly for legal educational purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

© 2019 Law Plus Plus

Relationship

By contacting an attorney, you are presenting the option for that attorney to accept your case, and that attorney has the option to accept or reject your case. Any information presented to an attorney at Law Plus Plus does not automatically create an attorney client relationship.

Security

We make no warranties as to the security of information presented or submitted through this website.