One month ago, my mother was served with a summons to appear in court. It was for a default in an 16k sba loan back in 1997. She got a lawyer who proceeded to advise her to declare bankruptcy. My mom paid her $1000 to progress. I know that in the state of california, the statute of limitations to try to collect a bad debt via lawsuits is four years. Armed with this information, my mother asked her lawyer, who still told her to file for bankruptcy. I have consulted with several lawyers, and they all say that it is past the statute of limitations, so there is not legal recourse that the creditor can take. Can i threaten to sue her with malpractice unless she returns at least half of the $1000 fee that was paid to her for a bankrupctcy that never took place in the first place? Since, after all, she gave my mom bad advice to file bankrupcty?