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A "legal opinion" or "closing opinion" is a type of professional opinion, usually contained in a formal legal-opinion letter, given by an attorney to a client or a third party. Most legal opinions are given in connection with business transactions.
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The opinion expresses the attorney's professional judgment regarding the legal matters addressed. The opinion can be "clean" or "reasoned".
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A legal opinion is not a guarantee that a court will reach any particular result.
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However, a mistaken or incomplete legal opinion may be grounds for a professional malpractice claim against the attorney, pursuant to which the attorney may be required to pay the claimant damages incurred as a result of relying on the faulty opinion.
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