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Reasons to File a Lawsuit Against an Attorney

Reasons to File a Lawsuit Against an Attorney

In our almost 30 years of handling legal malpractice cases, we have seen just about everything you can imagine for reasons to file a complaint against an attorney. All practicing lawyers have a fiduciary duty to their clients. The “fiduciary duty” is the highest duty imposed by law. This means that the lawyer MUST always put the client’s interest ahead of their own. Legal malpractice typically involves cases where an attorney has made a mistake or committed an error in judgment, known as “negligence.”  However, and unfortunately, there are also cases where lawyers don’t just make mistakes, but instead, they...

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What Can I Do if My Attorney is Not Doing Their Job?

What Can I Do if My Attorney is Not Doing Their Job?

It’s a question prospective clients ask us all the time: “What can I do if my attorney is not doing their job?” If you’re entrusting your wellbeing to an attorney, it’s only natural to wonder if they are doing their job correctly. After all, hiring an attorney can be stressful, so we understand that you want to get the service that you’re paying for. Taking legal action against your attorney can be a confusing process. Serious and trusted legal malpractice attorneys at Sears Crawford can aid you in navigating this complex issue. At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers because we take...

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How Attorneys Can Violate the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct

The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct were created to provide lawyers with the “minimum” standard by which they are required to practice law and to conduct their business with their clients. Generally speaking, a lawyer’s violation(s) of the Disciplinary Rules exposes him/her to disciplinary actions by the Texas State Bar Grievance Committee, and does not automatically expose the lawyer to civil liability.  However, when your attorney fails to meet the expectations set forth in the Texas attorney ethics rule while handling your case and his/her actions or inactions result in harm or damages to your case, you may be able...

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How to Find a Top Legal Malpractice Lawyer

How to Find a Top Legal Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been mistreated by your former attorney and are seeking justice, you need a top legal malpractice lawyer on your side. Suing your former attorney for malpractice can be an overwhelming and stressful situation, but you never have to go through this time alone. With experienced representation from a top legal malpractice attorney, you can hold your former lawyer accountable.  At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers because we hold attorney’s accountable to their clients. Ross Sears has successfully helped hundreds of clients who were victims of legal malpractice find justice.  Here are some key factors to consider when you are...

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What is Breach of Contract in Legal Malpractice?

What is Breach of Contract in Legal Malpractice?

A common question our legal malpractice clients ask is, “What is breach of contract?” When you enter into an attorney-client relationship, you typically (but not always) sign a contract that describes the agreements and nature of the relationship. This contract can either be verbal or written. Breach of contract occurs when your attorney does not honor the specific terms of the contract.  At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers that have failed to meet their contractual obligations to their clients. We take that relationship and responsibility very seriously. Our experienced attorneys have provided this guide for identifying when a breach of contract...

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Most Common Types of Legal Malpractice in Texas

Most Common Types of Legal Malpractice in Texas

As lawyers that sue other lawyers for malpractice, we handle cases involving many types of legal malpractice. Familiarizing yourself with common types of legal malpractice can help you protect yourself during your case. This article acts as a brief guide to the common types of legal malpractice. Most of our clients do not immediately notice when their former attorney has committed malpractice against them. At Sears Crawford, our legal malpractice attorneys in Houston are here to help you navigate the complex legal system and fight to right the wrongs your former attorney committed against you.   We sue lawyers in Houston, throughout Texas,...

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Can I Sue My Lawyer for Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

Can I Sue My Lawyer for Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

The answer is YES, under the right circumstances. Over the years, we’ve had many clients contact us with the question, “Can I sue my lawyer for breach of fiduciary duty?” As lawyers that sue lawyers, the attorneys at Sears Crawford have extensive knowledge and experience in successfully helping clients with these types of cases. We are a team of attorneys you can trust to handle your case.  If you decide to sue your lawyer, our skilled attorneys at Sears Crawford are here to explain how to go about filing a claim against your former attorney.  What is breach of fiduciary duty? If you’re...

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Barratry in Texas is Illegal – Taking Action

Barratry in Texas

If you’re unsure whether or not you have been a victim of barratry in Texas, this article will inform you of the legal ramifications of solicitation and ambulance chasing (barratry), and how to take action if you have been the victim of barratry.  Barratry occurs when a lawyer, or someone acting with or on behalf of a lawyer, solicits or contacts potential clients who need a lawyer’s services in an unauthorized manner without the client reaching out first. These attorneys can try to persuade the potential client to file a lawsuit without knowing the full extent of the client’s situation. At Sears...

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Breach of Fiduciary Duty Examples

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Examples

Clients investigating whether their lawyer has breached their fiduciary duty often ask us for examples of what qualifies for a “breach of fiduciary duty” claim. Your lawyer’s fiduciary duty to you is the foundation upon which your attorney/client relationship is built, so it’s important to be able to identify when your attorney has breached that duty. At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers for clients whose attorney has breached their fiduciary duties. Below are some of the common examples of breached fiduciary duties that we’ve seen over the past 30 years. If you are planning on suing a lawyer for malpractice, it is...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Suing a Lawyer for Malpractice

5 Things You Need to Know About Suing a Lawyer for Malpractice

If you were a victim of legal malpractice and are considering suing a lawyer for malpractice, there are certain facts that can be helpful to know in advance. At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the country who have failed to represent their clients’ best interests. Our fiduciary duty is always to our clients, not to our colleagues. Holding lawyers accountable may not be the popular thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.  Our legal malpractice attorneys in Houston share what they wish all of their clients knew when they begin to ask,...

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