California Legal Malpractice Questions & Answers

Q: I was convicted of a crime and feel I've been abused by the system what should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Louis George Fazzi's answer
Reach out to the ACLU [https://www.aclu.org/],

or contact the Innocence Project [https://californiainnocenceproject.org/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7vTiBRAqEiwA4NTO619-Cl7XEVBnG1ildi__nhZVMsPTWVi4E3yqcx9_XbJZE06PEobbxoC4JgQAvD_BwE]

You can copy and paste either link in your browser.

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Q: The executor/trustee of my mother's trust has not provided an accounting with bill payments, receipts, actions, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Genene N. Dunn's answer
You usually have to start with a request as you have done so and the law typically gives them 60 days to respond. If you still aren't provided with the proper information by then your only recourse is to file a trust petition with the court. This is not a full lawsuit, but rather a petition asking for certain things from the court. It could result in litigation, but it does not automatically go there.

Q: My question is I fell and broke my toe.. went to the Er had X-rays done and nurse practitioners said no broken toe

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for California on
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
William John Light's answer
Unless you have some significant damages from the delay in treatment, there is nothing to do. You have a broken toe whether it was diagnosed at the first ER or the second. Nothing appears to have changed.

Q: 2012,13, 15 were consaldated. Does statute of limitations matter when your not covicted until 2017? What's fair?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Steven McNicholl's answer
Your claim against the police officers would be a civil claim under injury to person. You must pursue your claim within two years in the State of California. After two years, it will be difficult or impossible to make your claim.

Q: Is there a conflict of interest when a lawyer supports beneficiaries' efforts to dissolve his clients' irrevocable trust

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Dec 31, 2018
Joel Gary Selik's answer
Yes there is a conflict of interest, but it is the transferring of the asset that is the most immediate serious issue.

Q: Is it legal to transport a survival multitool/camping axe in your vehicle in California?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Legal Malpractice and Federal Crimes for California on
Answered on Dec 30, 2018
William John Light's answer
Under CA law, it is unlawful to conceal a knife, or stabbing weapon, upon your person. Whether a stabbing weapon within reach in your car is "upon your person" might be a question for a jury to decide. An axe would not generally be considered a stabbing weapon. Also, folding knives, like typically found in a multitool, are exempt. There may be local ordinances that impose different requirements....

Q: If an angry client lies and posts a libelous review of my law firm online, am I at risk to lose my law license due to

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Dec 26, 2018
William John Light's answer
If you were a lawyer, you would know the answer already. An attorney's law license is always at risk. However, it seems unlikely that a libelous review would be the genesis of discipline or revocation. A formal complaint to the Bar would have to be made. An investigation would have to follow. Facts would have to be found that merited discipline or revocation. If the complaint is based on "lies", would probably not result in the finding of those facts. However, an analysis of the actual...

Q: Who should I report legal malpractice suspicions to? Just the state bar?

2 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Dec 6, 2018
Joel Gary Selik's answer
If you are considering bringing a legal malpractice lawsuit, you should confer with an experienced legal malpractice attorney prior to your taking any action, including filing a complaint with the bar.

Q: How to find a pro bono, full contingency lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Nov 12, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
Much more info needed.

Why don't you write out a summary of the facts that you can present to attorneys to see if any are interested?

If they have the value you suggest you won't have a difficult time.

But establishing value is not easy.

google lawyer for the area of law you are searching for an attorney.

Q: If we have to sue for legal malpractice is there lawyers that work on contingency for cases like this?

3 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Nov 7, 2018
William John Light's answer
Call another firm. You don't have a malpractice case yet because the statute of limitations has not yet expired.

Q: CAN I SUE A DRUG PROGRAM FACILITY FOR AN EMPLOYEE WHO WAS NEGLIGENT IN COLLECTING MY URINE FOR TESTING.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
More info needed

anyone can sue anyone at any time for anything.

the things I predict that will be an issue, is can you find a lawyer to do this on a contingency rather than you having to pay a lawyer on an hourly.......... I think this will be a problem for you.

and what are your damages?

if damages are minimal and can be proven you can go into small claims where you can sue for up to $10,000.

Q: Since u cannot legally use the word "advice" to describe the help you give on this site, what words can you use?

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Oct 30, 2018
William John Light's answer
To my knowledge, it's not "illegal" to use the word "advice". Attorneys will not do that because that would suggest the existence of an attorney-client relationship, and with that comes tremendous responsibility on the attorney and potential liability. Since we aren't getting paid for that responsibility and risk, we don't want to form attorney-client relationships through this question and answer format. Therefore, we don't give "advice". We simply supply some information to help consumers...

Q: I am a freelancer, I create websites, I site I did recently is now being used for scam, I’m I free legally?

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
William John Light's answer
Maybe. Maybe not. It depends what you knew or should have known when you created the website. Facts matter and we don't have them.

Q: How are fees determined and payed in a legal malpractice lawsuit

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
William John Light's answer
You can request fee arbitration by contacting the State Bar. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Complaints-Claims/Fee-Disputes

You can file a complaint with the State Bar, although this wouldn't necessarily affect fees. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Complaints-Claims

You can consult with an attorney who practices legal malpractice about pursuing a claim, although it is unclear what your damages are.

Q: Opposing party's lawyer calling, emailing, texting nonstop... what qualifies as harassment? What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Oct 4, 2018
William John Light's answer
It appears that you are in Texas, but are asking questions of California lawyers. We are not qualified to answer questions about Texas law. If you are in California, and are representing yourself, it is quite normal for the opposing attorney to contact you, especially if you have documents pertaining to the proceedings. If you don't want repeated phone calls, give them the documents, or insist that they serve discovery for production of the documents, if appropriate.

Q: Is it legal for CPS to remove my children from my custody as a direct result of the neighbor who agreed to care 4 them?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Sep 27, 2018
William John Light's answer
Yes, it's legal. Your children were unsupervised. All of the excuses in the world don't change the fact that your children were in danger due to lack of adult supervision. You should put your efforts into following the directives of CPS for getting your children back, rather than trying to fight that they were taken from you.

Q: who to trust. Case #B282528 abused, medical malpractice, civil,and constitutional rights violated

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for California on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Louis George Fazzi's answer
Look for civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles County. There are many, and most of them do work on contingency, which means they get paid when the case settles or after trial.

I noticed that you had appellate counsel appointed for you. You were fortunate to have such a good attorney. Perhaps she might refer you to someone capable who could help you. It's worth a shot.

Q: currently i work for Goodyear my hours are from 8 am to 6 pm 6 days a week but they only pay me for 49 hrs

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Joel Gary Selik's answer
You need an experienced employment/ class action attorney. Email me for a referral.

Q: How can legall representation attorney and court investigater knowingly use faulse court order in my custody case

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Answered on Sep 13, 2018
William John Light's answer
Your custody case had a hearing in which you had the opportunity to show that the evidence was false or not persuasive.

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