Under California Code
Civ. Proc. 340.6, a lawsuit against an attorney for wrongful injury/malpractice must be brought within the earlier of one year from the date when the client discovers or reasonably should have discovered the wrongful act, or four years, whichever occurs first. Additionally, the four year limitation can be extended, on any one of the following grounds:
(1) The plaintiff has not sustained actual injury.
(2) The attorney continues to represent the plaintiff regarding the specific subject matter in which the alleged wrongful act or omission occurred.
(3) The attorney willfully conceals the facts constituting the wrongful act or omission when such facts are known to the attorney, except that this subdivision shall toll only the four-year limitation.
(4) The plaintiff is under a legal or physical disability
which restricts the plaintiff's ability to commence legal action.
As you can see, the limitation period is someone complicated -- generally, it's necessary to have a legal malpractice lawyer consider the client's specific facts and try to determine whether or not the statute of limitations has run out.
For a legal malpractice lawyer referral, see this link.
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