The practice of law creates a special relationship between attorney and client. With this relationship comes the responsibilities to provide services to clients that meet a certain standard. When those services fall below that standard, the injured client may have a claim for legal malpractice.
At a minimum, a legal malpractice claim requires an attorney-client relationship, an obligation of the attorney, the attorney not satisfying that obligation, and the attorney’s conduct causing harm to her client. Often, legal malpractice claims are difficult to prove because they require proving the underlying case, too.
Whether a client has been the victim of legal malpractice is a complicated calculation that requires a very careful look and evaluation of the facts of the case and the facts of the representation.