Legal Malpractice Cases

Knox v Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP  2018 NY Slip Op 09030 [168 AD3d 70]  December 27, 2018 Singh, J.  Appellate Division, First Department illustrates some important and bedrock doctrines found in legal malpractice:  the “but for” requirement, the “successor attorney” doctrine and the question of “duplication.”

“In July 2013, plaintiff sought to temporarily move

The statute of limitations is approaching yet plaintiff has not suffered ascertainable damages.  Potential damages loom, but nothing has actually happened yet.  What to do if your attorney has made a mistake (perhaps a big mistake) yet actual ascertainable damages may yet be speculative?

The short answer is to commence the action and fight over

Departure, Proximate Cause and Ascertainable Damages are the holy triumvirate of legal malpractice.  Miami Capital, LLC v Hurwitz  2019 NY Slip Op 05332  Decided on July 2, 2019
Appellate Division, First Department illustrates what happens when one or more of these elements are missing, or at best, speculative.

“Defendant’s motion was properly granted because while