In Washington State, the Statute of Limitations for legal malpractice cases is three years. In general, a client has three years from the date the legal malpractice occurs to file a lawsuit against the lawyer.
The calculation of the Statute of Limitations is often much more complicated than simply adding three years to the date the malpractice occurred. For example, in many cases, the attorney continues to represent the client long after the malpractice occurs. In some cases, the attorney conceals the malpractice from the client. Often, the client will not learn of the malpractice until long after three years has elapsed. The law provides for additional time in some of these circumstances.
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