It depends. Answers to questions on forums like Avvo are not considered legal advice because there is no attorney-client relationship. If there is an office meeting more likely than not there is legal advice being given, especially if you paid a fee, but not always. Whether you can hold someone accountable depends on a variety of factors such as whether the advice was negligent and whether or not the error was fixable. You should consult with an attorney who does legal malpractice cases.
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A consultation invokes the attorney client privilege and the attorney cannot violate it. What do you want to hold the attorney accountable for.,
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A formal consultation with an attorney in his officer via telephone conference creates an attorney client relationship for which an attorney can be held liable. A forum such as Avvo which is public does not meet this standard. The consultation has to be private between a client and his counsel.
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