Q: My lawyer misrepresented his abilities to handle family law. I am financially struggling and cant get a new one. Help.
For every question, email or text I am billed. When I preformed his paralegal work in preparing my own case, I was charged for him reviewing common case law. I can't afford a new large retainer and his mistakes and lack of knowledge are costing me.
A: Unfortunately this is how many cheaper lawyers charge and make up the price difference between them and the more expensive lawyer. A more expensive lawyer generally knows the law so they don't charge you for it, it would be embarrassing to say the least. As for the other charges that is common, you pay for a lawyers time and advise, just like a doctor.
A: It is not uncommon for people to change lawyers in the course of their divorce proceedings. If you do not feel comfortable with your current lawyer perhaps that is what you need to do. Get a second opinion. However, the next attorney will bill for their time as well.
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