Legal malpractice; estate planning. (HB1617)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Legal malpractice; estate planning. Provides that the statute of limitations for legal malpractice related to estate planning is five years if the legal representation was based on a written contract and three years if the legal representation was based on an unwritten contract. The bill provides that the accrual date for such an action is the date of completion of the representation. The bill further provides that a person who is not party to the representation shall have standing to maintain such an action only if there is a written agreement between the individual who is the subject of the estate planning and the defendant that expressly grants standing to such person. This bill is in response to Thorsen v. Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 786 S.E.2d 453 (Va. 2016). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101707D
01/03/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/16/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/20/2017Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2017Read first time
01/25/2017Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/26/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2017Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Read third time
02/08/2017Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1617ER)
02/10/2017Signed by Speaker
02/13/2017Signed by President
02/13/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
02/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
02/17/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 43 (effective 7/1/17)
02/17/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 43 (effective - see bill)
02/17/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0043)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1140.