Yes. If the lawyer did the work, the lawyer is entitled to be paid for what she did (assuming it is properly billed). Think of it this way: If you go to the store and only make it halfway through your grocery list before deciding to leave, you still have to pay for the groceries in your cart when...Read more »
A lawyer should be willing to discuss his or her fees with you. If the matter being handled is still proceeding, you may wish to tell him or her (in writing) that you need to meet and discuss the fees within 21 days or you'll find a new lawyer to finish the matter. If the matter is done, you...Read more »
My attorney, myself, and employers attorney signed settlement contract. Although I signed November 21, 2017 it was then sent to employer attorney who sat on it until December 26, 2017. The case was dismissed November 13, 2017 so my attorney filed to reinstate it just to be on the safe side. A new... Read more »
You need to understand the strategy. Your attorney could have simply had the contracts approved in January. It was prudent to file the Motion to Reinstate because that MUST be done within 60 days to resurrect the case. The fact that he filed the Motion to Reinstate, DOES NOT PREVENT HIM FROM...Read more »
It depends. Normally an attorney licensed in a state can only practice in that state. It is possible to get permission from a court in a second state to handle a particular case which is before that court, however. This permission will appear as a motion asking permission and an order granting...Read more »
If you trust your lawyer, consider staying with him. On the other hand, if this has shaken your confidence in the lawyer, consider switching lawyers. If you believe he was intoxicated you may wish to consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program at (312) 726-6607. They are trained to assist...Read more »
The client then unwittingly signs the document with dire consequences.The attorney defense is that the client (a well educated person) should have noticed the (subtle) change in text. The judge agrees that it is the client's responsibility to have thoroughly read the document before signing.... Read more »
Tough question. While it is true you should have read the document before signing it, many legal documents and the issues they address are so complex that they induce MEGO ("My Eyes Glazed Over") and significant things can be missed. When in doubt, ask your attorney, "Have any...Read more »
I found out approximately 4 months prior to trial that my attorney have been disbarred for felonies. I was left with a junior attorney to fight against an attorney with 30-plus years and defending corporations. The state idhr found guilty on two of my charges one sexual harassment the other racial... Read more »
Is he obligated or he has ethical standards to report him. Of course it helps me out with my case. The reason behind this question is how I am going to decide on a attorney. I am 100% positive about the fraud, but there is a chance a legal aid in the office could have filed it without his... Read more »
My aunt and sister's lawyer had a document forged, saying that I signed a deed in January 16th 2014, when in fact I never signed it and I have 2 letters stating that I need to come into the office to sign off on the deed.
An attorney has filed 43 cases in Illinois against multiple anonymous defendants ("Does") in each case. The plaintiff in each case is a different company that sells pornographic “copyrighted” content on the Internet. The attorney then discovers the defendants’ personal... Read more »
A lawyer's settlement demand is not typically considered extortion. Extortion is the attempt to collect a debt by a wrongful threat, such as a threat of force. If you are a defendant in such a case, I recommend that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. There are lawyers who specialize in...Read more »
Unfortunately there is no database that lists claims against lawyers and the resolution of said claims. Your best bet in Illinois is to check the website of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, www.iardc.org. Otherwise a search on the internet is the best you can do.
Lawyer charged me $5000 flat fee retainer, stated I needed to follow her terms then required me to hire a pi who was going to "play the part of federal agent" when I refused, she withdrew from the case and didn't give the money back
I cannot say for certain, although there may be some criminal conspiracy. I do think that you should contact the Illinois Attorney Disciplinary Commission as it does sound like the behavior is unethical if not criminal.
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