Arlington, WA asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for Maryland

Q: Is it legal malpractice when your appeals lawyer sends another lawyer in his place without your consent or telling you

If your told your appeals attorney will be at court defending you but sends someone else you've never talked to instead without talking to you about it. He also failed to send another lawyer from the trial court county to testify he would have tried your case differently when your seeking relief for ineffective counsel. Judge states in his opinion the lack of getting the addition lawyer to testify hurt the appeal case. You were told before the hearing the appeals lawyer was going to get another trial attorney to testify. Appeal lawyer also charged more fees to do more research on 2nd appeal but didn't change anything just turned in the same paperwork the lawyer court didn't accept in a 2 to 3 judgement

1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: It depends on the fee agreement and other facts. Generally, an attorney hiring and using associated attorneys is acceptable.

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