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Disputes With Your Lawyer

Boston Attorney-Client Dispute Attorneys

Salem Legal Malpractice Law Firm

While the attorney-client relationship is usually a productive and strong working relationship, as with any other business relationship, issues can arise that complicate the process of handling a case. Most commonly, clients take issue with the fees charged, the quality of legal services or the lack of receiving information about the case.

Attorney Carmen A. Frattaroli has been helping clients of attorneys with legal malpractice and attorney-client issues for over 40 years. To schedule a preliminary evaluation of a dispute with your lawyer, contact the law firm of Carmen A. Frattaroli. The firm's office is located in Salem, Massachusetts.

Common Attorney-Client Disputes

The two most common areas of conflict between attorneys and clients are communication and fees. Ethics issues, such as conflicts of interest, can also occur in the attorney-client relationship, but it is more likely that disputes involve either the hourly or contingent fee or the lack of communication. As attorneys skilled in protecting clients' rights, we help clients with the following types of disputes:

  • Failure to return client calls, and lack of communication 
  • Written fee agreements
  • Oral fee agreements
  • Goals or promises to the client
  • Disclaimers about legal service
  • Unprepared for trial
  • Failure to send copies and information

When we represent a client, we want to learn the nature of the representation. It is helpful to provide bills and other statements or correspondence received from the attorney. These critical documents allow us to evaluate the attorney-client dispute and determine whether there was legal impropriety in the handling of your legal matter. If the attorney engaged in legal malpractice, we can bring a suit for the breach of fiduciary duty; damages may be recoverable if there were quantifiable losses.

Protecting Clients' Interests and The Case

For guidance about how to handle an attorney-client dispute while there is an on-going legal case, the attorneys at Carmen A. Frattaroli will provide valuable advice. With a continuing legal matter, the pending case should not be affected because of a fee dispute or communication problem with an attorney.

We will facilitate negotiations with your attorney, investigate any alleged wrongdoing by your attorney and if necessary, take action against your attorney. In all matters for our clients, we provide courteous and knowledgeable legal guidance. We are available and responsive to all of our clients' questions and concerns.

To schedule a preliminary evaluation of an attorney-client dispute, contact our law firm. The firm serves clients in the greater Boston area, including Salem, Lynn, Danvers, Lawrence, Cambridge, Lowell and Newton.

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Carmen A. Frattaroli

Ten Federal Street, Suite 405
Salem, Massachusetts (MA) 01970

Phone: (978) 740-9501
Fax: (978) 740-9692

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Eastern Massachusetts legal malpractice, personal injury, and business and real estate litigation attorneys of the law offices of Carmen A. Frattaroli represent clients in the North Shore, South Shore, and Metro West greater Boston area, including Salem, Beverly, Lynn, Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Lawrence, Cambridge, Dedham, Newton, Framingham, Saugus, and Gloucester. Counties served include Essex County, Middlesex County, Suffolk County, Norfolk County, and Worcester County.