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.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 577-9797 or via email at Eric@RothsteinLawNY.com. I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
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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