After a severe bout with a negligent attorney, I decided to talk to legal malpractice lawyers in Houston, TX. It was helpful that I had documented my case with the many different violations by my attorney since this helped them to get through my material with a short consultation.
I found the attorneys to be very courteous, but both quickly cut to the chase explained that legal malpractice attorneys are chasing the big fish, and seeking cases where the damages are a minimum of $100,000. These specialized legal malpractice lawyers in Houston, TX, are mainly interested in cases on contingency, and $100,000 is the “low-water” mark. They both stated that they needed to be very confident in the strength of evidence, and the damages need to be hard dollars or compensatory damages. Soft dollars, such as mental suffering, loss of use, or punitive damages might come into play in some states, but malpractice attorneys are only after actual damages.
There are two types of attorney’s you can hire for matters about negligent attorneys. The first is a legal malpractice attorney, and you can find them in Avvo’s Contracts & Agreements or Legal Malpractice & Negligence. The second is an ethics attorney, and you can see this type in Avvo’s Ethics & Professional Responsibility section. If you are looking for legal malpractice lawyers in Houston, TX, I learned that Brett Wagner was one of the best.
If your legal malpractice case does not meet the standards of damages that I previously mentioned or the damages you are seeking do not justify the hiring of an ethics attorney on retainer, then there are other options that you can consider. This additional option consists of recovering attorney fees from your attorney, and this is something that you can do on your own, with minimal, if any, help from an attorney. Being a victim of attorney negligence myself, I recovered attorney fees from two different attorneys and wrote a self-help eBook, Dispute It – A Layman’s Guide on How to Get an Attorney Refund & File a Bar Grievance, to help guide you through the process.
Kenneth R. Gilley is the President of Kenneth R. Gilley & Co., LLC, a small digital marketing company. He is the author of the e-book, Dispute It – A Layman’s Guide on How to Get an Attorney Refund & File a Bar Grievance, and regularly contributes to his blog, My.LegalLessons.com. Ken holds a B.S. in Marketing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, and lives in The Woodlands, TX.