Q: I think I have a negligence case against my lawyer. I’m not sure I need to ask someone.
My attorney said we had this divorce won he said I would have the house and car. He said we would be divorced in December but he didn’t get something to the judge in time. My ex was able to file an answer long after the time he was supposed to. Now he has hired an attorney. He if fighting me for it all. When he is using meth and is mentally abusive to me. I’m so upset. I have this attorney because he is willing to take payment from the home I was selling when I got it in the divorce. Now I don’t know what to do. Also he has contacted my ex numerous times with dates and such but they never tell me anything. I call they won’t answer ever I’m at my wits end. I never know what is going on.
A: Re-read over the contract and fee agreement between yourself and your attorney. Fees, expectations, and so forth should be addressed in there. That said, your attorney has an obligation to keep you informed as to the progression of your case. However, if you feel that your attorney is not acting in your best interest, you may file a grievance with the State Bar of Texas. Here is the website: https://www.texasbar.com.
You are free to terminate your relationship with your current attorney and hire another, but try to discuss your concerns first. Also keep in mind that an attorney will want a retainer up-front before taking on your case.
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