Legal Malpractice Lawyers

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Lawyers can be held accountable for the damages caused by their actions just like anyone else. They are required to follow certain standards of ethical and professional conduct. When they fail to follow those standards and their behavior impacts your case, they can be held responsible for legal malpractice.

Many people feel helpless and do not know where to turn in the case of legal malpractice. They feel as if the legal profession has failed them. At Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, we have worked to repair broken trust and have handled many legal malpractice cases. Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs attorneys are the most passionate and dedicated. We understand it is your life, your time and your family that is on the line. Contact us today for a consultation.

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Common Legal Malpractice Scenarios

Legal malpractice cases in Wisconsin often involve:

  • Missed deadlines
  • Misuse of finances
  • Inadequate investigation or discovery
  • Errors in communication
  • Failure to know or apply the law
  • Lack of consent
  • Fraud
  • Failure to follow instructions
  • Errors in strategy or planning
  • Conflict of interest

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Common Questions About Legal Malpractice Cases

Who is liable for legal malpractice?

Because legal malpractice is a claim of professional negligence, generally only attorneys are liable for legal malpractice. Attorneys may sometimes be held liable as a result of the errors made by paralegals or or support staff working under them, but these employees are not liable themselves.
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How should I document my concerns in a legal malpractice case?

You may bring a legal malpractice suit if your attorney's conduct was negligent, in breach of a contract or violated the American Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct.

To show negligence you need to prove:
1. Your lawyer had a duty to represent you competently
2. Your lawyer made a mistake or otherwise acted in a way that breached their duty to you
3. Their actions caused harm to you and you lost money or a case as a result

Collect as much information possible to establish these facts. Court records, case files, emails, letters, voicemails and video related to the legal issues in question will help prove your case.
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Who can file a legal malpractice case?

In Wisconsin, the impacted party or the spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or guardian of the impacted party may bring a legal malpractice case.
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Is it legal malpractice if I lost my case?

Losing a case does not prove legal malpractice. Your attorney can do everything right, and you can still lose your case. Even if your attorney made mistakes, that is not enough to demonstrate malpractice. You have to prove that your lawyer did not use the same level of skill and care that other lawyers would have used in the same situation, therefore breaching their duty through negligence, incompetence or fraud.
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How long do I have to file a claim in a legal malpractice case?

The statute of limitations is a time limit established by the laws of Wisconsin, and it determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations varies depending on the details of your legal malpractice case, so we recommend you pursue your case immediately.
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Legal Options Following a Legal Malpractice Situation

If you were a victim of legal malpractice and you decide to take legal action, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for compensation, which may include:

  • Legal fees 
  • Economic damages or losses
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

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