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What is Legal Malpractice?

By Robert Ross |

WHAT IS “LEGAL MALPRACTICE”? The term “legal malpractice” refers to the professional negligence of an attorney within an attorney-client relationship. Less formally, “legal malpractice” occurs when an attorney acts negligently in the course of representing a client. It is a form of negligence, which is a tort (a “civil wrong”). Strictly speaking, legal malpractice is… Read More »

Rules Governing Out of State Counsel in California Arbitration Proceedings

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WHAT LAW GOVERNS OUT OF STATE COUNSEL IN CALIFORNIA ARBITRATION? Licensed California attorneys can represent clients in California courts and arbitration proceedings which take place in California. However, attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions (and not also licensed in California) do not have an automatic right to represent their clients in California proceedings–including arbitration. However,… Read More »

What is “Pro Hac Vice” Admission, and Why is it Important?

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WHAT IS PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION? The Latin phrase pro hac vice means “for this occasion only.” In the practice of law, the phrase refers to the practice of a lawyer who is not admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction (but who is licensed in another jurisdiction) being permitted to participate as counsel in a single, specific… Read More »

Does a Business Owe a Duty of Care to Customers?

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“PUBLIC” BUSINESSES OWE A DUTY OF CARE TO PERSONS WHO ENTER When a business is open to the public, the owners of the business owe a duty of reasonable, ordinary care to the people who enter the business premises. The business owner must take reasonable steps to prevent customers being exposed to hazards or… Read More »

Landlords Have a Duty to Inspect Rental Properties

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LANDLORDS MUST KEEP RENTAL PROPERTY IN REASONABLY SAFE CONDITION In California, landlords have a legally-recognized duty to keep rental property “reasonably safe.” This duty is owed to tenants and to other people (“third parties”) who enter the land or rental units for various reasons.  This means a landlord may be held legally liable for… Read More »

What is Medical Malpractice?

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IS A FORM OF PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE Malpractice claims arise from situations where a professional–usually someone practicing a licensed profession–performs his or her professional services in a negligent manner. Medical malpractice generally applies to licensed medical professionals, including (but not limited to) physicians, licensed therapists, and others who render medical services under a… Read More »

Are Parents Responsible For Their Children’s Negligent Acts?

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GENERALLY SPEAKING, PARENTS ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY LIABLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S NEGLIGENCE. While parents may be held liable for their children’s acts in some situations, California law does not impose a general liability on parents for the acts of their minor children. This means that parents may not always be legally responsible for the negligent acts… Read More »

Special Duties of Animal Owners

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OWNERS HAVE A DUTY TO WARN OTHERS ABOUT DANGEROUS ANIMALS While animals are often loving, positive parts of people’s lives, people who own or have control over animals also have a duty to know their pets’ propensities (including temperament, behavior patterns, and likelihood of aggression) and to warn other people if pets are–or may be–dangerous… Read More »

When Has a Person Breached the Duty of Care?

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WHAT IS A BREACH OF DUTY? Generally speaking, a “breach” of a duty occurs when a person acts (or fails to act) in a way that violates an applicable, legally-recognized standard of care. Sometimes, people behave in a careless or insensitive manner – or even with hostility – but if the conduct does not… Read More »

Negligence Arising From “Special Relationships”

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THE LAW RECOGNIZES CERTAIN “SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS” THAT MAY GIVE RISE TO NEGLIGENCE-RELATED DUTIES Legal liability for negligence requires four elements: (1) a legally recognized duty, (2) a breach of that duty, (3) causation, and (4) damages. Many duties are imposed or created by law, including duties that arise from the relationship between the relevant… Read More »

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