Centre, AL asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Alabama

Q: Does a attorney not have a obligation to see a case completed once he takes it own ? If so what can be done about it ?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: Yes, attorneys generally have an ethical obligation to diligently represent their clients and see a case through to completion once they have taken it on. If you believe your attorney has failed to fulfill this duty, you may have grounds for a legal malpractice claim. Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney's negligence or breach of duty causes harm to the client. To address this situation, you may consider the following steps: gather evidence of the attorney's negligence, consult with a new attorney for a second opinion, and if appropriate, file a complaint with the state bar association.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: In general, attorneys have a duty to provide diligent representation and to advocate the interests of a client. Situations do arise where attorneys withdraw from cases or clients dismiss their attorneys. It can be fact-specific, depending on the situation, time remaining for statute of limitations, or other factors. The question is worded in general terms. A local attorney could offer more definitive guidance with additional facts. Good luck

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