This treatise concerns cases where clients sue their attorney, alleging under one or more legal theories that the attorney’s error or omission (or in less common cases, intentional conduct), has caused them recoverable damages. During a recent four-year period, every legal malpractice claim study shows real estate, plaintiff’s personal injury and family law as the three largest categories and making up half or more of all claims. Preparing, filing and transmission of documents (not including pleadings) made up the largest share of all claims, while erroneous legal advice was second.
This desk reference is designed to enable judges and attorneys to have immediate topical access to attorneys' fee awards information. It also provides information whether attorneys' fees are mandatory or discretionary where appropriate.