Legal-Ease: Lawyers’ mistakes and malpractice

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Legal professionals represent one of the types of employment where mistakes may be considered malpractice. If an attorney commits malpractice, sometimes a client can be entitled to monetary compensation.

There are five items to consider when determining whether malpractice might give a client right to money. Attorneys need to exercise care, skill and diligence, but no person is expected to avoid all errors or mistakes in every individualized case. Attorneys also cannot minimize liability through the use of LLCs. Since attorneys are subject to the rules governing malpractice, most attorneys must have malpractice insurance.

Last week’s Legal-Ease column mistakenly identified which riders of motorcycles are required to wear helmets. Also, several months ago, in this column, I skipped the words “Supplemental Income” when describing the Social Security benefits that do and do not count in determining veterans’ pension eligibility.

I hate making mistakes. The general principles explained in this column are based upon several hours of research each week and are usually pretty accurate. This is especially the case because of the necessary imprecision involved in explaining complex things in simple terms.

Read more about the legal considerations regarding malpractice in Lee’s article for the Lima News, “Legal-Ease: Lawyers’ mistakes and malpractice.”

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Lawyers’ mistakes and malpractice,” by Lee R. Schroeder, May 20, 2017.

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