My attorney died! Now what?

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Dear Ask the Attorney:

What recourse do I have when your (sic) attorney dies and the firm abandons you?

– Losing all because of Attorney Negligence

Our guest blogger for today is Andrew S. Berns, Esq., who is Chair of the firm’s commercial litigation practice which includes employment law, small and closely held business representation, personal injury, workers’ compensation and construction litigation matters; Mr. Berns is also the Chairman of the New Jersey State Ethics Commission.

Dear Losing All:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a specific answer to this question. There is not enough information supplied in your question.  It may be a violation of attorney ethics or it may be professional negligence, but without more facts we cannot tell.

If it is an ethics issue: contact the Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Trenton who will provide you the information needed to file a complaint.

If it is a professional negligence issue, contact an attorney who concentrates his or her practice in “Professional Negligence” (also known as Legal Malpractice) and provide him/her with all of the facts to determine whether or not you have an actual case.

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