Attorney Stephen L. Grimm has been an altruistic patron fighting for the rights of victims to the highest level of standards in the Grand Rapids area for over 26 years. Because of his unselfish concern for the welfare of others, he is one of the ONLY Grand Rapids attorneys that litigate in Legal Malpractice. People who have brought cases in court have done so through attorneys, and aside from the result, the process is often bumpy and in some cases demeaning and unjust. In general, attorneys are caring, hard-working professionals, but many litigants report that they were kept in the dark, that their attorneys made decisions for them, and that the relationship was far less than satisfactory. In any professional field, attorneys being no exception, representatives have a responsibility to conduct themselves and perform according to (minimally) the normal standard of practice. If you feel that your case has taken a wrong turn or the result of your case ended unfavorably because of the improper handling of your case by council, contact the Law Office of Stephen L. Grimm for a free consultation.
What is Legal Malpractice?
Legal malpractice is the failure of a lawyer to render competent professional service to a client. If the client is damaged as a result of the failure, he or she may have a claim against the lawyer for legal malpractice. There are three major theories of liability:
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Breach of contract
*The most common theory of liability used in malpractice cases is negligence.
What is Negligence?
An attorney owes a duty to the client to perform all work relevant to a case with the standard of care expected of the “average” attorney in the same or a similar situation. If the attorney fails to perform at the level of an average attorney, there may be negligence and liability for legal malpractice. If an attorney presents himself out to be an expert in an area of law, the standard of care is that of the “ordinary” expert in the field.
What must be proven to win a Legal Malpractice Case?
To win a legal malpractice case, you must prove four points:
- Your attorney owed you a duty to act properly
- Your attorney breached that duty by acting negligently, not following through with the agreement or possibly making mistakes that an average attorney would not have made
- Your attorney’s behavior caused you damage. This includes proving that the results of your case would have been different (for example, you would have won the case) had the attorney acted properly
- You suffered a financial loss as a result of the behavior.
At The Law Office of Stephen L. Grimm, we believe that every client, who has been a victim of legal malpractice by their attorney, should receive justice. We fight for your rights and hold your attorney responsible for the wrongs that they have committed. Although attorneys practice law, they are not above it and must be held accountable for their actions.
Each year, more than 35,000 people, who are victims of legal malpractice, file claims against lawyers who maintain legal malpractice insurance. Moreover, it is estimated that only 60 percent of all attorneys maintain malpractice insurance, leaving thousands of clients who have been wronged by their attorneys each year unaccounted for.