A New York law firm can be held liable for the failure of a Florida firm it retained to file a client’s claim to more than $1.2 million from a Florida estate, an appeals court decided Thursday.

Client Alice Whalen was not aware that her Albany firm, DeGraff, Foy, Conway, Holt-Harris & Mealey, was going to arrange for the Florida firm to file the claim when the estate of Julius Gerzof opened in Florida in 1996, and she relied “completely” on DeGraff Foy to stake her claim to the money, the Appellate Division, 3rd Department, ruled.

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