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Legal malpractice statute of limitations

by | Jan 6, 2018 | Professional Malpractice |

If you are like most people in Florida, one of the last things you might think about when working with an attorney is the possibility that the lawyer fails to provide you with the level of service and counsel you deserve. While this might be uncommon, problems like this can and do happen and they can leave clients wondering what they can do to move forward. In some situations, pursuing recourse for any harm or losses experienced may be appropriate. However, it is important to understand when this may be able to be done.

As explained by the Florida Statutes, the state has clear laws on the timeframe in which a legal malpractice claim may legitimately be initiated. This is generally referred to as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations sets the time by which any claim alleging potential legal malpractice must be filed in order to be allowed in the court. Under state law, there are different statutes of limitations for different types of actions.

For legal malpractice claims, you must file an action within 24 months of the time that you first learned about the problem or that you should have reasonably been able to learn about the problem. This might mean your claim may be filed more than two years after the action took place if you did not know or could not have known about it at the time it occurred.

If you would like to learn more about how to pursue help or compensation for potential negligence or malpractice on behalf of a legal professional, please feel free to visit the professional negligence page of our Florida legal malpractice website.