Q: Is it legal for my wife to be charged $11k to cancel legal services so she can cancel her divorce filing?
We reconciled before the lawyer filed. She asked the lawyer to cancel the, but he filed anyhow. Now we're being told to allow the hearing to take place on the 7th of February or he will charge her an additional $11k following the $2800 filing fee. Is this legal, we just want to cancel the filing as quickly and painlessly as possible.
A: You need to carefully read the retainer agreement that she signed. It should address what is owed and what the refund policy is. What you are describing does not sound right as it would be unethical to charge such a large sum for no work done. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.
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