Legal Question in Legal Malpractice in Illinois

Legal Malpractice

I hired an Attorney to represent me reqarding a claim we had

regarding a forged signature on a deed

deed. The Attorney in question has made several mistakes

He failed to submit a witness list in time and so

we had throw out the case and start all over.

Secondly one of our witnesses would have been evidence

that the person in question had a history of Forgery

however . The Attorney who represented me in that was aware

of this and repeatedly assured me that this person and evidence was going to be called. I believe that this person was never reached by

Also the Attorney vastly overstated to me the damages that he was seeking . This made it difficult to make

evaluate the settlement offer

I have since found out that the Attorney was reprimanded by the bar association

Finally he failed to submit proper documentation to support our claims .

So my questions are these

What damages can I sue for.

Since the Attorney repeatedly lied to me there is an element of fraud in this because of his fraud can we seek

punitive damages.

Since he has been reprimanded by the bar association in the past can that be used against him . And if I do file a

complaint against will it end up in him losing his license.

Asked on 1/09/04, 8:59 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Robert Harlib Robert S. Harlib, Attorney At Law

Re: Legal Malpractice

I am not clear as to the case status.

If you have settlement offer you are considering, there is no malpractice yet, because the case is still pending. If you are, because of attorney negligence, forced to settle for a figure far less than the value of the case, then you might have a claim. This might include a claim for damages fr gross negligence and entitle you to punitiv damages. But I do not know any facts of your case, and cannot for nowm, give you full advice.

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Answered on 1/12/04, 2:59 pm

Kenneth J. Ashman Ashman Law Offices, LLC

Re: Legal Malpractice

In order to win a legal malpractice claim, you must prove not only that the attorney's conduct fell below a reasonable standard of care, but also that this neglect caused you to lose your case. In other words, you have no claim against your attorney if his mistakes would not have made a difference in the underlying lawsuit. Thus, to win, you must prove two cases: one that the attorney was negligent and, second, that you would have won the underlying lawsuit but for this negligence.

It is impossible to evaluate your situation without a detailed discussion of both your underlying lawsuit and what you former counsel did or did not do.

Please feel free to contact my office if you would like to discuss this further.

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Answered on 1/10/04, 9:00 am

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