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How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes People Make in Hiring a Lawyer

 

I hate to ascertain people taken advantage of and that i hate to ascertain people suffer after choosing the incorrect lawyer. Maybe those are two of the explanations that I became a lawyer in order that I could do something about those situations. I even have seen clients who had lawyers neglect their cases for not just weeks except for years. I even have heard complaints about lawyers who wouldn't tell the client what was happening with their cases but would bill the client when the client called to ask what was happening. I even have heard complaints about lawyers who took money from clients without a transparent understanding of the expectations on either side.


I also hate to possess to wash up a multitude made by another lawyer. it's much easier to help a client and avoid potential problems than it's to repair damage from choosing the incorrect lawyer. I even have seen poorly drafted prenuptial agreements and separation agreements. I even have had to step in to repair and finish a botched annulment. I even have had to step in to repair and finish a botched divorce.


One woman's tale of woe especially involves mind. round the office, we call her story "The Tale of the Nine Year Divorce." She had hired an attorney to defend a divorce action here in Virginia and to counter sue for divorce. She was living out of state at the time and paid the attorney a big retainer. There was no written contract. The lawyer she had chosen appeared to be scared of the opposing counsel and did nothing to maneuver the case forward. The lawyer allowed the case to be dismissed from the court docket for inaction.


Cases aren't dismissed on this basis without prior notice to counsel of record. The lawyer didn't notify his client of the potential dismissal. it had been not until the court notified her of the dismissal that she acknowledged what had happened. The client was in an automobile accident, as a results of which she was hospitalized and undergoing multiple surgeries. She trusted her lawyer to seem out for her interests; she didn't know or understand what should are happening and had no idea until she received notification from the court that the case had been dismissed.


When the client contacted the lawyer, he had the case reinstated. However, it had been not until the opposing attorney withdrew from the case, that the lawyer acted to place forward the interests of his client. Meanwhile, the lawyer allowed the woman's husband to abscond, fleeing the jurisdiction of the court, with the majority of the marital assets. The lawyer did get an order of spousal support but did nothing effective to gather or enforce the spousal support order against the defendant who wasn't paying.


The lawyer allowed tens of thousands of dollars of arrears to accumulate. Meanwhile, the lawyer asked for and got a court award of $10,000 of attorney's fees from the absconded husband. When the lawyer realized that the husband had spent the cash and therefore the attorney fee award wouldn't be easily collected, he began to demand money from the client. Being disabled and not having received a penny of the support award, she was unable to pay the lawyer and he withdrew from her case at the ultimate hearing. Needless to mention , all of this left the lady with a nasty taste in her mouth when it involves lawyers.


The woman heard about me and came to me despite having had a nasty experience because she required help. We were ready to land up the divorce and property division, which had been started 9-10 years prior and that we began enforcement of the support award by attaching Social Security and retirement income thanks to her husband.


Through our efforts collection began and an income stream began to flow to the client. We were also ready to successfully defend the lady from an effort by her husband to prevent support payments and at an equivalent time recover a number of the things of private property that had been awarded to her by the court. the lady still had to defend herself from a lawsuit brought by the lawyer who was demanding over $10,000 and had not credited the retainer which the lady paid at the start of the representation.


I have written this text in hopes that it's going to assist you avoid the costly mistakes of the Nine Year Divorce. 

There are two areas where people make mistakes. the primary area is in selecting the lawyer and therefore the second area is mistakes made after selecting the lawyer.


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