The practice of law is a public trust.

-- Illinois Supreme Court, Preamble, Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct Article VII.

The term legal malpractice describes claims against lawyers and law firms for failed legal services and breached professional obligations. Typically, a legal malpractice case requires proof that an attorney deviated from the standard of care and that the attorney's deviation caused a client or intended beneficiary of the attorney's services to suffer injury. Legal malpractice cases can be complex and expensive. Usually, expert testimony is required to prove that the defendant attorney deviated from the standard of care and it must also be proved that the plaintiff's claim would have succeeded, but for the defendant attorney's act or omission. As a result, most litigated legal malpractice cases involve significant damage claims.

F&Y attorneys have been handling legal malpractice cases for more than 20 years.