San Diego, CA asked in Legal Malpractice for California

Q: Father died suspiciously 600 miles away and I had to hire a lawyer over the phone and I then told him of the things that

I needed him to investigate and he needed me to sign a lien against probate and then he proceeded to "not" do the things that I asked him to investigate and just went thru the motions pretending to represent me and charged me over 25k mostly for transportation for him to go to the court 100 miles away and then at the end of probate he informed me that I needed to hire a litigator to continue after probate moneys were nefariously disbursed, with him getting the 25k for just going thru the motions of protecting me! What can I do as I filed complaint with state regulators but they are all GED educated?

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Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
Answered
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in California

A: You can initiate fee arbitration with the attorney:

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Attorney-Regulation/Attorney-Fee-Arbitration/Approved-Programs

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I don't know what a "suspicious death" has to do with "nefarious" disbursement from Probate. Those are two completely different issues.

If you want to investigate the possibility of a wrongful death case, hire a PI attorney. If you want a Probate attorney, for some other reason, hire one of those. If you want to sue your Probate attorney for malpractice, hire a malpractice attorney. If you want to report your attorney to the State Bar for unethical behavior, do that. The State Bar regulators are not GED educated, so that is not an impediment. It's not really clear what you want or what your legal problem is.

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