Legal malpractice cases are especially prone to statute of limitations defenses, as the consequences of the departure from good practice may not come up for a while. The standard is rather strict. As we see in Webster v Sherman, 2018 NY Slip Op 06590 [65 AD3d 738] October 3, 2018 Appellate Division, Second Department the statute begins to run at the time of the mistake. “However, as an alternate ground for affirmance, T&L contends, as it did in the Supreme Court, that this cause of action is barred by the statute of limitations. “In moving to dismiss a cause of action pursuant to CPLR 3211 (a) (5) as barred by the applicable [statute of] limitations period, a defendant bears the initial burden of demonstrating, prima facie, that the time within which to commence the action has expired” (Hohwald v Farm Family Cas. Ins. Co., 155 AD3d 1009, 1010  [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v Eitani, 148 AD3d 193, 197 ). “If the defendant meets this initial burden, the burden shifts to the plaintiff to raise a question of fact as to whether the statute of limitations has been tolled, an exception to the limitations period is applicable, or the plaintiff actually commenced the action within the applicable limitations period” (Amrusi v Nwaukoni, 155 AD3d 814, 816  [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Shah v Exxis, Inc., 138 AD3d 970, 971 ).
The statute of limitations for a cause of action alleging legal malpractice is three years [*3]from the accrual of the cause of action (see CPLR 214 ; Quinn v McCabe, Collins, McGeough & Fowler, LLP, 138 AD3d 1085, 1086 ; Farage v Ehrenberg, 124 AD3d 159, 163 ). “Accrual is measured from the commission of the alleged malpractice, when all facts necessary to the cause of action have occurred and the aggrieved party can obtain relief in court . . . regardless of when the operative facts are discovered by the plaintiff” (Farage v Ehrenberg, 124 AD3d at 164 [citations omitted]; see McCoy v Feinman, 99 NY2d 295, 301 ; Quinn v McCabe, Collins, McGeough & Fowler, LLP, 138 AD3d at 1086).”