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Can I Talk to Another Attorney Before Firing My Current One?

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Can I talk to another attorney before firing my current one? Yes! If your current attorney is not doing their job and you are considering a change of representation, consider whether or not your current attorney’s behavior would be considered legal malpractice before making the switch. If you’re wondering what to do if your lawyer is not helping you, how to fire a lawyer, or how to sue them for legal malpractice, then you’re in the right place — we sue lawyers! Ross Sears II, co-founding attorney of Sears Crawford, has been suing lawyers in Texas for over 30 years. If...

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Negligence vs Malpractice: What is the Difference?

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What is the difference between negligence vs malpractice? You hear both words thrown around whenever a professional doesn’t do their job but is there a difference? Attorneys owe their clients a fiduciary duty, often called a duty of care, to act with their client’s best interests in mind 100% of the time. When that duty of care is broken, the signs can point to either negligence or malpractice taking place — which are both essentially the same, and are serious matters. So, how can you tell whether negligence vs malpractice is present in your current attorney-client relationship? The legal malpractice attorneys...

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What Does My Lawyer’s Fiduciary Duty Require?

What does my lawyer's fiduciary duty require?

When you hire a lawyer to represent you, you are placing your trust in them to act in your best interests — this is known as your lawyer's fiduciary duty. The fiduciary duty of care requires that your lawyer always act with your best interests in mind over their own, and exercise the utmost care and diligence in representing you. This includes making sure that you are fully informed about all aspects of your case and giving you honest legal advice throughout the entire process. Your lawyer must also keep any information about your case confidential unless you give them permission to...

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I Think I Hired a Lawyer With a Conflict of Interest

Client reviewing their contract with their lawyer after they hired a lawyer with a conflict of interest

All lawyers have a fiduciary duty to avoid conflicts of interest and to provide unwavering advocacy on their client's behalf — however, some lawyers violate their fiduciary duty by placing their own interests above their client’s. Where does this leave the client? If you’re thinking, “I might have hired a lawyer with a conflict of interest. What do I do now?” The legal malpractice attorneys in Houston from Sears Crawford are here to guide you through what classifies as a legal conflict of interest and the steps you can take if you believe your lawyer has committed legal malpractice. Here's everything you...

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