In this unpublished opinion, the First District upheld the trial court’s stay of a legal malpractice case pending resolution of a pending criminal case. The defendant law firm was alleged to have given negligent tax advice. A partner in the law firm was indicted for tax fraud in connection with the advice. The Appellate Court held that it was not an abuse of discretion to stay the legal malpractice case pending resolution of the criminal matter because the law firm would have been unable to defend itself in light of its partner’s announced intention to assert his Fifth Amendment rights.
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