Legal Malpractice Q & A

Do you have questions about a potential legal malpractice claim in Oregon? To learn how the law applies in your situation, talk to Bryan P. Murphy, an attorney with 30 years of experience.

Here are some common questions legal consumers have about attorney negligence and malpractice in Oregon:

How do I know my lawyer committed malpractice?

Positive outcomes are never guaranteed in legal proceedings and a negative outcome does not necessarily mean your lawyer committed malpractice. If your attorney's services fell below an accepted professional standard, however, you may have an actionable claim. Examples of attorney malpractice include conflicts of interest, failing to consider tax consequences, failing to know or apply the law and missing statutes of limitations.

How long do I have to file?

Generally, you have two years from the time you discovered the malpractice or should have discovered it. It is important to act quickly so that you do not lose your rights. Sometimes, a legal consumer will file a claim thinking they are within the two-year time frame, but a court will rule that they should have discovered it earlier. Don't let this happen to you. Talk to an experienced legal malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

How are claims paid?

In Oregon, legal malpractice claims are paid by the Professional Liability Fund, the sole provider of mandatory professional liability coverage for lawyers practicing in Oregon. Attorney Bryan P. Murphy has worked extensively with this body, and knows how to constructively interface with them to obtain successful results for his clients.

What damages can I recover in a legal malpractice claim?

It depends on the underlying situation. If your attorney failed to consider tax consequences, for instance, and it cost you a large sum of money as a direct result, a successful claim could mean you obtain the money you lost in addition to attorney's fees and other incurred expenses. Legal malpractice claims are usually limited to financial damages, although emotional damages apply in some cases.

Talk To An Attorney Who Knows This Unique Area Of Law

If you believe your lawyer may have acted negligently and it caused you damage as a result, Bryan P. Murphy is here to help you explore your legal options. He has extensive experience handling legal malpractice claims for clients in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon. Contact our law offices online or by telephone at 503-505-7954.

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