Legal and Professional Malpractice
Your Malpractice Lawyers for Manhattan, Long Island, and the Greater New York Area
The competence and conduct of your attorneys, bankers, and accountants should be above reproach at all times. Lost verdicts, fines for irregularities, or the sudden evaporation of your life savings can be the result of legal and financial professionals who show negligence or incompetence. As premier New York injury lawyers, the attorneys at RGLZ are well aware of what good legal and financial counsel should look like. Attorney Michael Levine served on the grievance council of the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association, and is now acting president.
Among the nearly 177,000 practicing attorneys in New York, there are some attorneys that are more committed to their clients’ interests than others. This is particularly true in the field of personal injury law. Hard work, long hours, and due diligence are the foundations of a successful personal injury case; and when attorneys with little or no experience with the rigors of personal injury law miss important court deadlines or are unaware of key legal statutes, they cost their injured clients precious time and (in some instances) their opportunity for fair compensation in a court of law. While these attorneys generally mean no harm, their negligence or incompetence can cause considerable harm to trusting and vulnerable victims of personal injury.
Depending on the circumstances, New York law punishes lawyers guilty of severe or repeated offenses of legal malpractice, often ending in disbarment and sometimes in a prison sentence for the offending attorney. When necessary, prosecuting criminal charges of legal malpractice is handled by the state or federal government. Obtaining a civil judgment against an attorney who has committed legal malpractice requires a civil law attorney. RGLZ is no stranger to helping those seeking civil judgments against attorneys.
When legal malpractice occurs in a personal injury case, RGLZ is a state leader in recovering damages from attorneys who have misled, cheated, or failed their clients in their greatest time of need. While we never enjoy pursuing a lawsuit against a fellow attorney, it is central to the integrity of our profession that all attorneys work in the best interests of every case they accept, no matter how big or small. To allow attorneys to avoid the consequences for legal malpractice would be contrary to the tenants of justice, and all that we stand for as attorneys.
The Attorney-Client Relationship
Whether we like it or not, attorneys are involved in many of the important decisions we make in life. Whether a client’s legal need involves a personal injury or medical malpractice case, or other areas of civil law, at some point an attorney will need to represent your interests. RGLZ believes that if you are seeking an attorney, you have a right to expect the attorney to:
- Handle your legal matter competently and diligently.
- Exercise independent professional judgment on your behalf.
- Charge a reasonable fee and explain in advance how that fee will be computed.
- Respond promptly to telephone calls and written communications.
- Keep you informed and provide you with copies of important papers.
- Preserve client confidences learned during the lawyer-client relationship.
- Exhibit the highest degree of ethical conduct and deal honestly and truthfully with you, the adversary, other lawyers and the judge.
- Be guided by a fundamental sense of fair play for the process and the participants, and not abuse the system or the profession.
- Respect your decisions on the objectives to be pursued in your case, as permitted by law and the rules of professional conduct, including whether to settle your case.
At RGLZ, we maintain absolute objectivity when evaluating possible legal malpractice claims. While we gain no satisfaction from handling claims against other attorneys, we firmly believe people should be compensated when they suffer an economic loss at the hands of any professional.
Other Areas of Professional Malpractice and Negligence
Lawyers aren’t the only professionals who can cause everyday people and small businesses total havoc when they fail to perform to the best of their ability. Accountants, stock brokers, bankers and real estate agents are all professionals whom many of us entrust to make professional decisions involving large sums of money. When errors, misjudgment or simple greed infects the relationship, and misrepresentation or breach of contract occurs, you have the right to commence a civil action against the responsible party and gain full restitution for your losses. RGLZ has assisted many New Yorkers in such cases in our almost 50 years of service, and we can make justice work for you. Call us at 866-639-5567 or email us. Your initial consultation is always free.