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I certainly understand the situation and your concern. based upon what you shared, it sounds as though it would be more of a case of malpractice and the attorney could be liable and sued. In a legal malpractice case in Maryland against a lawyer, a plaintiff needs to show: (1) the attorney's employment; (2) his neglect of a reasonable duty; and (3) loss to the client proximately caused by that neglect of duty.Accordingly, to recover in a legal malpractice case, you must be able to prove that the legal malpractice occurred and that you would have received a favorable outcome if not for the lawyer's legal malpractice.
You can certainly file a complaint against him. with the MD and have his conduct looked into as well and he could be subject to discipline. In addition, if you think there is fraud, it could be added to a civil cause of action.
Yes. This is why he could be subject to discipline. He has an obligation and duty to keep you informed with the status of the case. Even if he messed up, he needs to advise you of the error and correct it and should not hid things from you that effect you
Yes. He would have needed to inform you and advised as to the steps that he was going to take to correct it
Yes, it would be, since the client needs to be properly informed of everything, prior to settling, so they can make an informed and educated decision.
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