Oxnard, CA asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for California

Q: Lawyer charged me for court cost for her to separate as my lawyer but case ended 6 months ago??? Please help

Hired her 8-23-20 last day in court was in 10-06-20. When case finished, we hug and i thank her. Well 6 months later i started getting invoice for my case?? At first she just told me it was just a covid letter they sent to all of their clients. I inform her my case ended 6 months ago and i have no pending cases with the law firm. I asked to please be refund for the amount that I was invoice for the memorandum. They refund me the cost. Well few months after i was charged again for file review cost??? Then i find out they were charging me interest on my unpaid balance that I still had ( but paying off monthly)... I fought the interest costs..Stated that I did not sign any paperwork about being charged interest and was not part of any agreement. ( they took off interest costs that were added).. well after that i lost all trust in my lawyer!! Later i get a email saying i needed to sign paperwork for her to not be my lawyer. Refused to sign and now she charge me court cost to separate

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: much more info is needed.

it sounds like the case is still alive if the lawyer is making a motion to be relieved as your attorney.......i assume that is what is happening and s/he is charging you to do that.

i would send a letter memorializing ALL the facts. if the facts warrant it, I would say that what you are doing is at first blush illegal/improper. Why don't we let the State Bar decide who is right? Unfortunately without all the facts, I can't say whether you are right or your lawyer is.

however, I suspect you signed a retainer that called for interest payments.

it also appears you have not held up your end of the bargain with respect to payments.

most lawyers expect to be paid before the case is over.

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