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Survey Sheds Light on Legal Malpractice Claims

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2012

Sept. 18, 2012

A recently released American Bar Association (ABA) study showed that real estate transactions made up the bulk of claims filed in Legal Malpractice Law.

According to Bloomberg BNA, the data, collected from 2008 to 2011, was presented this month at the ABA’s Fall 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference.

The study examined 53,000 claims submitted from 20 different malpractice liability insurers and found real estate claims represented 20 percent of the total. Plaintiff’s personal injury ranked second with more than 15 percent of the total, while family law was responsible for approximately 12 percent of claims filed.

Estate and trust claims, along with bankruptcy and collections, each represented roughly 10 percent of the remaining complaints. These two types of claims, despite representing the lowest percentages, saw a tremendous spike since 2008. Many experts say that the shift can be blamed on the downturn of the housing market around 2007.

Researchers behind the study hope the data can be put to work in future claims prevention programs.

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Woman Sues Lawyer for Legal Malpractice After Alabama Capital Murder Trial

by nil | June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011

A Georgia woman who stood trial in 2006 for capital murder of her ex-husband’s wife in Cherokee County, Alabama, has sued her attorney and his firm for legal malpractice after being sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The woman, Barbara Roberts, says her lawyer misrepresented himself by failing to disclose that he was not certified to practice law in Alabama and subsequently taking her money for personal use—misappropriating approximately $100,000 of her funds.

The legal proceedings for this case began in February 2009 when the woman filed a legal-malpractice action in the Cherokee Circuit Court taking her former attorney to task for his refusal to refund her $50,000 retainer.

The woman’s former lawyer soon filed a counterclaim seeking $457,500 in eight open-account claims. In May 2010, Roberts responded to her former attorney’s counterclaim by adding a fraud claim and malicious-prosecution claim to her complaint.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court of Alabama made a ruling affirming in part and reversing in part a circuit court’s previous ruling on the case and remanded the case to the circuit court for further proceedings.

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