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Rhein Law LLC is a one-stop shop for people who have been harmed by the negligence, unresponsiveness, and dishonesty of other lawyers. Unlike most law firms, we routinely file lawsuits against lawyers and prepare expert affidavits in support of legal malpractice claims. Together with attorney William Brent Ney, we formed the law firm of Ney Rhein, LLC one of the leading legal malpractice firms in the state.

We are ready to take any lawyer to court, from the biggest names in Atlanta to “good-old-boy” practices in rural Georgia. We handle cases in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, and throughout Georgia.

HOW TO SUE YOUR LAWYER FOR LEGAL MALPRACTICE

Sometimes lawyers make mistakes. Others can be downright dishonest. If you believe your attorney has harmed your case, you may have a claim for legal malpractice. The elements of a legal malpractice case are (1) that you were the client of a lawyer, (2) that the lawyer was careless or professionally negligent, and (3) that the lawyer’s negligent conduct caused you financial loss or other harm. Before filing a lawsuit against a lawyer, you also have to get an expert (usually another lawyer) to provide an affidavit showing at least one act or omission constituting professional negligence. If you win a legal malpractice case, your recovery could include not only your legal fees, but also the full amount of money that you would have been awarded in the original case had you gone to trial.

HOLD YOUR LAWYER ACCOUNTABLE FOR LEGAL MALPRACTICE

An attorney who commits legal malpractice not only harms the client, but also harms the legal profession. The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to perform their services according to a professional standard of care. Lawsuits against attorneys help to regulate the profession of law in the public interest.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your lawyer is supposed to be someone you can trust. If you no longer feel you can trust your lawyer, you may already have a claim for legal malpractice. You should act quickly to change lawyers or get a second opinion. Warning signs of legal malpractice include:

  • Not answering phone calls and emails in a reasonable time
  • Refusing to provide basic information about your case
  • Apparent alcohol and drug use
  • Inability to account for trust funds
  • Billing disputes
  • Missing deadlines and court appearances
  • Trying to withdraw from your case after a mistake
  • Asking you to sign a waiver of malpractice liability
  • Breaking promises

Rhein Law LLC is devoted to representing clients in legal malpractice cases in Georgia. Common types of legal malpractice that we see include:

  • Missed statute of limitations
  • Failure to respond to discovery
  • Failure to appear for court
  • Failure to know the law and the facts of your case
  • Settling your case without your permission
  • Inadequate preparation for trial
  • Providing fraudulent wiring instructions
  • Losing or stealing your settlement or escrow funds
  • Disloyalty (conflict of interest)
  • Drafting errors
  • Bad advice

A lawsuit for legal malpractice is different from a bar complaint. Bar complaints are filed with the State Bar of Georgia, which is responsible for disciplining lawyers. The State Bar typically does NOT decide disputes between clients and their attorneys, and does not award damages (money) to the “winning” side. In order to recover damages for legal malpractice, you have to file a lawsuit against the lawyer in a court.

An attorney who commits legal malpractice not only harms the client, but also harms the legal profession. The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to perform their services according to a professional standard of care. Lawsuits against attorneys help to regulate the profession of law in the public interest.

Yes. We frequently represent clients in fee disputes with their attorneys. Often, the facts underlying the fee dispute will also involve a claim for legal malpractice.

RECENT WINS

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Rhein Strikes Back for Fraud Victim

Rhein represented a small business owner who was being wrongfully sued for breach of a contract and threatened with additional litigation by a franchisor. Rhein counterclaimed against the plaintiff for fraud and civil RICO and aggressively prepared the case for trial. After Rhein conducted multiple depositions, the plaintiff dismissed the breach of contract claim and paid Rhein’s client a substantial settlement for fraud, including punitive damages.

Rhein Gets Lightning-Fast Settlement for Injury Victim

Rhein represented an Uber driver who had suffered a back injury. The client’s former lawyer had stopped communicating with the client for several months and was letting important evidence get stale. Rhein entered the case as the second lawyer and began to aggressively prepare the case for trial. Within one month, Rhein settled the case for twenty times more than the client’s former lawyer had been able to obtain.

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