In New Mexico, all lawyers who are admitted to practice before the bar have a legal duty to their clients. There is expectation that they are 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 firm in Albuquerque, NM, has a reputation for confronting negligent legal practice, and we may be able to help you recover significant damages. We offer a free consultation and malpractice case review. Please contact us today to speak to a knowledgeable attorney or schedule your 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 other deadline for filing a case or serving 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. A specific example would be convincing a client to accept a low contingency offer to avoid paying for continued litigation.
Legal malpractice is not merely a client having a different opinion from their attorney or wishing for a better case result. The specific parameters of attorney-client duty are defined by New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct and by judicial rulings. Legal malpractice case precedent has established an attorney’s 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 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.
With resources and skill honed through decades of successful practice earning significant rewards and settlements for our clients, Will Ferguson & Associates are well prepared and very willing to take on these cases.
Malpractice cases can be difficult to litigate, and 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 skill honed through decades of successful practice earning significant rewards and settlements for our clients, Will Ferguson & Associates are well prepared and very willing to take on these cases. We are well equipped to demonstrate a grievous professional error or intentional wrongdoing, and to substantiate our client's damages. A plaintiff in a legal malpractice case can recover damages shown to be directly caused by the 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 strictly plaintiff’s attorneys, protecting and representing victims. If you have been mistreated by your lawyer, we would like to talk to you. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.