Legal malpractice is when an attorney is professionally negligent, careless, or inept in a way that no reasonable attorney would be. It also includes breaches of contract (attorneys not doing what they were contractually hired to do) and breaches of fiduciary duty (attorneys failing to act in the best interest of their client). If an attorney fails to provide the same quality of service and care that you would expect to find from any other attorney, they may be sued for legal malpractice.
According to the laws of Orleans Parish and the State of Louisiana, legal malpractice is similar to medical malpractice in certain ways. Medical malpractice is when a doctor or medical practitioner does not meet a standard of care as expected of practitioners in their medical field in and in their area, which in this case is Orleans Parish and the State of Louisiana proper. Similarly, legal malpractice is when an attorney does not meet the appropriate standard of practice as expected of all attorneys practicing the same type of law in Orleans Parish and the State of Louisiana proper.