What is the statute of limitations for a legal malpractice claim?
See N.C.G.S. 1-15(c). Simply stated, the statute of limitations is three years from the last act or omission of the attorney giving rise to the cause of action. Under the statute of repose, no claim may be asserted more than four years after the attorney's last act or omission that gives rise to the cause of action. The statute is extended beyond the three-year period only in cases where the discovery of the injury or damage is not readily apparent. A good summary of the statute of limitations/repose can be found in Carlisle v. Keith, 169 N.C. App. 674, 614 S.E.2d 542 (2005).