Don’t Stand for Legal Malpractice. We’ll Stand With You.
Don’t Stand for Legal Malpractice. We’ll stand with you. All lawyers who are admitted to practice before the New Mexico State Bar have a legal duty to their clients. There is an expectation that they will provide a standard of care and proficiency equal to other practicing attorneys. If your lawyer has failed you through a deliberate act or omission, you may have a legal malpractice case. Will Ferguson & Associates has a reputation for confronting negligent legal practice, and we may be able to help you recover significant damages if you have been harmed by legal malpractice. Our firm offers a free consultation and case review. Please contact us today to speak to a knowledgeable attorney or schedule an appointment.
About Legal Malpractice
Legal malpractice is a breach in the legal duty of care an attorney owes to their client. If clear harm has been caused by your lawyer’s negligence, breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty, you may be a victim of malpractice.
Examples of legal malpractice would include:
- Missing a statute of limitations or another deadline for filing a case
- Failing to timely serve the opposing party
- Acting on any type of conflict of interest, such as protecting a friend or business associate who would have liability in a client’s case
- Putting the attorney’s financial interests ahead of the client’s, to the client’s detriment; for example, convincing a client to accept an unreasonably low offer to avoid paying for continued litigation
Having a mere difference of opinion from their attorney or wishing for a better case result will not be enough to constitute a valid legal malpractice claim. The specific parameters of attorney-client duty are defined by New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct and expanded upon by judicial rulings. The legal malpractice precedent set by the courts of New Mexico has established that an attorney has a legal obligation to provide professional services with the skill and knowledge expected by a similarly situated attorney. To prove legal malpractice, it must be shown that your case result would have been more favorable “but for” the lawyer’s negligence. To prove breach of contract, there must be a clear violation of the duty outlined in your signed attorney-client agreement.
Malpractice cases can be difficult to litigate and often require diligent investigative work. Many, if not most, law firms do not accept these cases at all. Some attorneys are afraid to go up against “big gun” firms, or may be reluctant to pursue a case against a familiar, professional acquaintance.
With resources and skills honed through decades of a successful litigation practice that has earned significant rewards and settlements for our clients, Will Ferguson & Associates are both well prepared and very willing to take on these cases. We are well equipped to make the required legal showing of grievous professional error or intentional wrongdoing, and to substantiate our client’s damages. Plaintiffs in legal malpractice cases can recover damages shown to be directly caused by their attorney’s negligence. For business transactions or substantial personal injury cases, these damages can be considerable.
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At Will Ferguson & Associates, we are proud to work as legal advocates for our clients. We are a strictly plaintiffs’ attorney firm, protecting and representing victims exclusively. If you have been mistreated by your lawyer, we would like to talk to you. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.