A jury handed down a verdict in a Mississippi legal malpractice case this week. The case involves the familiar fact pattern of an attorney failing to file suit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. But even worse, it appears the attorney didn’t tell the client that the case was dismissed until several months (or even years) after the fact.
Let this be a lesson in what not to do. I often say that people are forgiving as long as they are told what’s going on. Many of the people that seek to hire us don’t do it because they were harmed, but because of the way they were treated after they were harmed. They come because their prior attorney quit returning their calls, lied to them or otherwise tried to cover up the mistakes. I remain firmly convinced that an attorney admitting the mistakes and offering an apology is the best way to prevent an impending legal malpractice claim.
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