An estate can bring a legal malpractice claim against an attorney for negligence in the planning of the estate, the New York Court of Appeals decided unanimously Thursday.

Previous appellate rulings, including the one reversed by the court in Estate of Saul Schneider v. Finmann, 104, had invoked strict privity to block estate planning malpractice suits against attorneys brought by the personal representatives of estates, their beneficiaries or other third parties.

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