The first element of a legal malpractice claim is an attorney-client relationship that establishes a duty of care owed to the client. However, this element has been expanded to include obligations owed to nonclients as well. Attorneys must not only be vigilant in the performance of their obligations to those who are undisputedly their clients, but also to any others who they know are, or who foreseeably could be, relying on the attorney’s work, representations or promises to take specific action.
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