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One of the "cleaner," more effective defenses to a claim of legal malpractice is premised on the expiration of the statute of limitations. Typically, a legal malpractice claim must be brought within three years of the accrual of such a claim (i.e., the date of the error or omission). The courts have strictly held that claims brought outside this time-frame are subject to dismissal. However, an exception is made, and the statute of limitations may be tolled pursuant to the "continuous representation" doctrine, when an attorney continues to provide legal services to a client after the commission of an alleged error.

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