I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I have been a licensed attorney for more than 30 years and I have handled numerous legal malpractice cases in my career. I say that so you understand that I am nor averse to seeing a lawyer sued for malpractice.
There is an old adage in life that goes: No harm, no foul. This applies to legal malpractice. Now your attorney will argue that he simply provided an incorrect legal answer. Now this may have constituted professional negligence/malpractice. However a malpractice claim is a waste of time if you cannot show that you acted on that advise and were injured financially in doing so.
You knew that the sale of the property was stayed, and there was no loss to you. As a result, a court would not be able to award any money damages to you.
What you are suggesting is more of a penalty for being wrong. And the law will not assert a penalty against a lawyer or doctor accused of professional negligence by ruling that their fees do not have to be paid. You may only collect money from the attorney if you can prove that you actually suffered monetary damages----and in this instance you did not.
So, in direct response to your question, no, I'm sorry, but you cannot use this incidence of "malpractice" to avoid responsibility for the ensuing legal fees which were related to representing you in the divorce.
You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.
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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,