Hamilton Circuit Judge Paul Felix recently ruled that a lawsuit that was filed against two law firms in the Indianapolis area can go to trial and denied any motions that were previously filed to dismiss the case.
The malpractice cases were filed against Krieg DeVault and Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim by Henry Anderson, a retired farmer who retained lawyers from both firms for legal advice that he needed back in 2003.
Due to tax shelter advice taken from the firms mentioned in the lawsuit, Mr. Anderson was hit with a $2.7 million dollar judgment by the IRS for taxes that he owed. The lawsuit seeks damages that amount to over $1 million dollars which will be used to recover any settlement that comes from the case.
During the process of seeking a dismissal of the case, Krieg complained that Mr. Anderson couldn’t show any actual damages that their firm might have caused and even went as far as stating that they didn’t have a relationship with the client.
What’s next for Henry Anderson?
Things are looking good for Henry Anderson; one of his brothers who took similar advice from the Krieg DeVault firm also was hit with an IRS tax judgment as well too. His brother sued Krieg DeVault and his case was resolved out of court last month.
Regardless if this case goes to court or not, it’s a victory for area farmers who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous attorneys in recent years. Mr. Anderson and his family should walk away from this case with a nice settlement that will allow him to enjoy his retirement without having to worry about financial burden.
Legal malpractice still continues to be on the rise across the country. To avoid choosing the wrong attorney it’s important to take the time to properly research that attorney and their previous cases online before choosing them to represent you.