Has Your Attorney Violated Your Trust?
All licensed professionals – doctors, dentists, realtors, attorneys and others — have a duty to provide their services ethically every step of the way. When hiring an attorney, you are putting your money and your confidential matters into their hands. You trust that they will act in your best interest. When this trust is breached, it is natural to want to seek fair and just consequences.
I am attorney Jon R. Pactor, and my focus is to help clients get money damages or other compensation or relief from an attorney who has acted negligently. Actionable violations – those for which an attorney’s mistakes could result in civil claims for damages – include:
- Conflicts of interest
- Breach of confidentiality
- Sexual relationship with you
- Refusal to provide your records
- Misappropriation or stealing your funds
- Dishonesty to a client
- Dishonesty in any court
- Dishonest statements to the opposing party
- Unreasonable fees
- Fraudulent billing
You Can Dispute The Unreasonable Fees Your Attorney Is Charging
If your bill for legal services seems exorbitant, you have the right to dispute the excessive fees. Many people do not know where to turn when something just does not seem right with their legal bill. If you think your attorney has overcharged you or added on fraudulent fees, contact me to help determine what your next step should be. I provide clients with objective and honest analysis before proceeding to the next level of holding your attorney accountable. I can also represent you if you are contending with a lawsuit for an unpaid attorney bill.
Alternatives When Your Attorney Is Unethical
Violations of ethical behavior can also be reported to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. This government agency handles ethical breaches. The representative can bring proceedings that may result in the suspension of the lawyers’ license. These proceedings usually do not result in a client’s receipt of money damages.
If you wish to file a request for investigation, commonly called a “grievance,” with the Disciplinary Commission, I can help even though you may not need help, especially if you are not planning to take any action for compensation or other damages. Filing a grievance with the Disciplinary Commission is not the same as filing a legal malpractice lawsuit. Ethical violations can simultaneously be civil matters, which I handle, and disciplinary matters, which the Discipline Commission handles. You may contact the Disciplinary Commission’s website www.in.gov/judiciary/discipline.
Time Is Of The Essence To Pursue A Legal Malpractice Lawsuit
Indiana’s statute of limitations governs the amount of time in which you may file a claim or lose the right to do so. If you feel that your lawyer did not prepare your documents correctly, file your documents on time, did not research, know the law, or any other form of mistreatment or legal malpractice, please reach out to me to discuss your legal options right away. It takes more than just malpractice for a successful claim against your attorney. I have been representing people against attorneys throughout Indiana since 1976. Email me or call my office in Indianapolis at .