Peter N. Munsing's answer Florida. You have to sue where the act took place. Look for a member of the Fla. Assn for Justice in the county where the lawyer you want to sue works. They give free consultations.
Russell B. Cate's answer Court filings are a matter of public record so anyone can look to see what has been filed. I do not believe it is illegal for your ex's friend to "keep an eye out" for incoming filings.
John M DeProspo's answer I'm not sure what you mean by "full rate." It all depends on the language in the retainer agreement. Ask him for an explanation. This would not be considered a legal malpractice issue.
Terrence Rubino's answer communications between a lawyer and a client are confidential. if you had a friend sit in with you and your lawyer then that confidentiality is waived as to that meeting. any questions answered by the lawyer to the friend at that meeting is acceptable.
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