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Legal Malpractice/Failure to File

Your attorney has a responsibility to fulfill his or her legal obligation to you by providing competent legal representation and advice. When your lawyer acts negligently while attempting to fulfill these obligations to you and your legal case suffers as a result, you could have grounds to file a legal malpractice claim against him or her.

Unless you yourself are an attorney, it can be very difficult for you to prove that you have been the victim of legal malpractice. Attorney Joseph Klest is a personal injury attorney in the Chicago area that has a thorough understanding of the ethics and responsibilities of attorneys in all areas of law. He can determine whether your lawyer’s actions (or inaction) caused you injury by damaging your case, and he can file a legal malpractice claim or lawsuit on your behalf.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty It is a lawyer’s fiduciary duty to offer clients proper advice and representation at a reasonable cost. Your attorney should not only advise you of your legal options, but he or she needs to inform you of what the potential outcomes and consequences might be if you choose one option over the other. A lawyer also has to handle your case in a way that doesn’t cause measurable damage.

If an attorney does not have the skills and experience to provide you with proper representation or if there is a conflict of interest, he or she must let you know immediately. Failure to provide a legal client with proper advice or representation is a breach of fiduciary duty and grounds for legal malpractice.

Failure to File Once a lawyer agrees to represent you, it is his or her responsibility to manage and meet deadlines, including any statute of limitations for your case. Failure to file a lawsuit after such a deadline, filing your lawsuit at the wrong courthouse, submitting incomplete legal paperwork, and not naming a key defendant in a lawsuit can cause injury and damage to you by eliminating your opportunity to obtain the legal remedy that you are seeking.

Attorney Klest is known throughout the Chicago area and among his peers for his honesty, ethics, and commitment to making sure that his clients are properly represented. He has successfully handled many legal malpractice cases over the years for clients that felt it was necessary to file a claim or a lawsuit against negligent attorneys. He understands the legal issues involved, and he will zealously pursue your recovery for you.

For more than 25 years, Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has successfully represented thousands of clients in cities and neighborhoods throughout Will County, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and in other counties across Illinois in all areas of personal injury law.

To schedule your free consultation with Attorney Klest, call our law offices in Chicago or Schaumburg, Illinois at (312) 527-2779, (630) 529-7848, or (847) 969-9510 or contact us online.