Re: legal malpractice
Posted by Tchamek on 4/05/13
On 3/22/13, danielle wrote:
> My mother recently lost custody of my little sister because
> her lawyer failed to notify her of a second court date, she
> recieved no notification of the second courtdate whatsoever
> and found out today March 22, that the child custody had
> been finalized back in february because neither she nor her
> lawyer showed up in court. she had paid her lawyer $1500
> dollars in legal fees for his services. During the first
> court date they postponed the hearing, she has been waiting
> all this time to hear from her lawyer about the next court
> date. come to find out it was finalized in february and she
> had heard NOTHING from anyone. She wants to know if she can
> sue her lawyer for malpractice. He is ignoring all of her
> attempts to contact his still to this day.
of course she can sue her lawyer. Under Model Rules of
Professional Conduct 1.4(3), a lawyer shall "keep the client
reasonably informed of the status of the matter"
Lawyer failed to do this.