Legal Malpractice Blog
(1) An attorney’s fees must be reasonable. It usually should not exceed the amount in controversy; and (2) When an attorney commits a mistake, you should not be billed for the time and effort that it takes the attorney to correct the mistake. In other words, a client should not be charged for the attorney’s defective work or for the amount of time that it takes the attorney to correct his or her defective work.
A Maryland attorney or law firm has a professional duty to submit regular invoices in order to comply with the ethical obligation “to keep the client reasonably informed of the status of his case.
Maryland attorneys commonly have their clients sign Retainer Agreements with a 12 year statute of limitations
Many law firms in Maryland extend the time to sue their clients for fees to 12-years by having the client sign the document under “seal”. See Courts & Judicial Article 5-102(a)(5) (creating a 12-year statue of limitations for contracts signed under seal).
I recently represented a client who had a legal malpractice claim against his former securities litigation attorneys.
Court of Special Appeals’ unreported decision vacating a dismissal of a legal malpractice complaint on the grounds that the allegations in the complaint raise a question of fact as to whether the statute of limitations was tolled.
Natashia Woods, had the misfortune of retaining the one attorney in all of Maryland who had the motivation to conceal from her the fact that her 1986 lead paint case against the same landlord had been settled by Mr. Kerpelman for the inadequate amount of $1,000.
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For a client to sue his or her former attorney in Maryland for legal malpractice, the client must first have suffered damages. This means that the client must often wait until the underlying case is concluded to determine whether in fact the attorney’s malpractice caused the client to suffer damages.
When does the 3-year statute of limitations to sue a Maryland attorney for legal malpractice begin to run?
How long does a client have to sue his or her former attoney in Maryland for legal malpractice? The general answer is that the 3-year time period to sue a former attorney for malpractice begins to run when the client discovered or should have discovered the malpractice by the exercise of reasonable diligence.
A new study published found that attorneys in America suffer a high rate of alcohol and substance abuse as well as mental health problems.
It would be inherently unreasonable and unethical for an attorney to unilaterally impose an additional fee, regardless of how successfully he or she had represented the client.
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