Houston Breach of Fiduciary Duty Attorney
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At Arnold & Itkin, we represent clients in complex business litigation matters, including breach of fiduciary duty. We know business relationships, and your business itself can be quickly threatened when one party fails to uphold his or her duty, and we believe you have a right to experienced representation to protect your business interests.
Understanding Fiduciary Duty
The term "fiduciary" means holding something in trust or good faith—usually money.
Therefore, a fiduciary duty is a legal relationship of confidence between at least two parties. Take, for example, a person's relationship with a bank. One party, the bank or trust company, has the fiduciary duty and is bound to the person who is entrusting their money to them. The bank or trust company has the responsibility of always acting in good faith toward the person entrusting money to them and must always act in their best interest. An accountant is also another good example of someone you would enter into a fiduciary relationship with.
The fiduciary duty falls under the part of the law called "equity." When a fiduciary relationship is agreed upon, it is illegal to act in a way contrary to the best interest of the client. Those who have a fiduciary duty are held to the highest standards of care. A fiduciary relationship may be difficult to define because they can be based on the subjective assumption of trust or objection necessity of trust. Those who have a fiduciary responsibility must always disclose necessary, relevant information to clients within the scope of that relationship. In other words, fiduciaries are not allowed to withhold relevant information and cannot guarantee their client's finances will go well. They can only do their best to provide their clients with the best possible care. This includes being honest, not withholding information, accurately advising, remaining confidential, etc.
If you do wish to file, you will need to prove the following:
- That a fiduciary relationship existed;
- That the fiduciary breached a specific duty that was owed to you; and
- That the said breach entitles you to some sort of remedy.