A great deal has been written during the past several years about the increasing number of professional liability actions that are being brought against attorneys by their former clients. Indeed, some commentators have taken the position that a legal malpractice "crisis", similar to the medical malpractice crisis that has so adversely affected physicians in recent years, is imminent for the bar. This short note will turn away from the factual question concerning the existence of such a crisis and look instead at the legal issues that form the basis of an attorney's professional liability exposure in Virginia.

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