Who Can Sue Me? Liability to Non-Clients

Generally an attorney only owes a duty of care to her client. Thus, a predicate to a meritorious legal malpractice action is the existence of an attorney-client relationship. But, identifying this relationship and determining to whom that duty extends is not simple. A recent decision demonstrates that an attorney may be exposed to malpractice based on the expectations of non-clients.

In Pete v. Anderson, (Nov. 21, 2013) the Kentucky Supreme Court considered whether the children of a man who died in an auto accident …

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