Lack of Privity dooms Legal Malpractice Case

Reported in the NYLJ today, [p.20, c.1]Reyes v. Leuzzi, Supreme Court, New York County. A decision by Justice Tolub dismissing a legal malpractice case on the basis that there was insufficient evidence that the attorney actually was retained by the plaintiff. Instead, the evidence indicated that the attorney accomodated the plaintiff by helping to fill out annuity forms. The attorney was representing the estate from which the annuities flowed. Later the estate took a position contrary to granting of the annuities.