Lynchburg, VA asked in Divorce for Virginia

Q: I have been done wrong by two lawyers that i have paid. Is there a lawyer who would help contingent on payment after?

Pay after settlement We have been separated for two years now

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James H. Wilson Jr.
James H. Wilson Jr.
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  • Glen Allen, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Fees are negotiable between client and lawyer. Although there are often substitutions of counsel in family law matters, which tend to be more emotional than other practice areas, many lawyers would be concerned about a client who has had unsatisfactory working relationships with two lawyers. You should expect to answer questions about the reasons for your dissatisfaction and the nature of your working relationship with prior counsel.

A lawyer can acquire a perfected professional charging lien against the recovery in equitable distribution in a divorce case. Some lawyers may be willing to accept representation with the expectation of payment from this source. There are also financing companies that will finance litigation in return for a portion of the recovery.

Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
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  • Tysons Corner, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It sounds like you're in a difficult situation. However, not many attorneys would be interested in this type of arrangement. You may wish to contact some of the local agencies who provide pro bono or low-cost services for legal clients. Or, you might invite your spouse to mediation. You can meet with a neutral party to resolve the issues required to obtain a divorce in mediation. Once you have a written settlement agreement, you should be able to finalize your divorce without much additional expense. You can find mediators simply by doing a Google search for "mediation and divorce".

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