If you are considering filing a legal malpractice case against your attorney, it is crucial to understand the statute of limitations for filing such claims. When you hire an attorney to represent your case, you are retaining the services of an advocate who will act on your case to the best of his or her ability. This means filing the appropriate paperwork, meeting all deadlines, communicating with other officials and gathering the evidence needed to represent your case. If your attorney has failed to do so in some manner and you did not get the ruling you expected as a result of the negligent acts, you may think about filing a legal malpractice case.
There is a time period in which you can no longer file a claim against an attorney. This is the statute of limitations, and they may differ depending on the type of legal case you are working with, as well as which state you are in. In California, you have one year after you have discovered that your attorney has committed wrongful acts in your case. A case cannot be filed if it has been four years past the date when the incident occurred.
As in any case, there may be circumstances where the statute of limitations can be extended depending on the situation. It is best to keep these dates and deadlines in mind if you wish to file a legal malpractice claim.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.