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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Can an attorney without the approval of all parties change the terms of a signed mediated marital settlement agreement

After the mediated marital settlement agreement (MSA) was signed by all parties (enforceable pursuant to CCP 664.6) Without the approval of all parties Respondent's lawyer changed the terms of the original signed MSA, then presented the modified MSA as the original. In court Respondent counsel... Read more »

Stephen Peter Anderson
Stephen Peter Anderson answered on Mar 30, 2020

Probably, but it depends on the circumstances. Were there two attorneys? Was there any communication between them as to the change, either by phone or in writing? It looks like the problem got resolved by the court throwing both out and placing the parties in a pre-agreement situation. Best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Utah on
Q: How is this even legal .. and why doesn't everyone know this .. what the hell is really going on? Everything is a lie..

I just want truth. This is man made and patenend to be what be biowarfare

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Mar 30, 2020

I do not see a question.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: lawyer withdrew from case. sent letter of declining further representation, then withdrew the withdraw

lawyer filed my case in appeals on her decsion , then filed a motion to withdraw and sent me a letter declining further representation. then without my knowledge withdrew her withdraw. she is back on the case with out asking me. 1) doesn't she have to ask me if i want her to get back on the case 2)... Read more »

Kenneth Sisco
Kenneth Sisco answered on Mar 29, 2020

Since taking on the category of Legal Malpractice, I have received hundreds of calls from people relating the horror stories of what their attorney has done to them. My only take away, is that we can only speculate as to why any attorney does anything.

I would suggest, you spend a few...
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Q: Settled, incident 3+yrs ago. Lawyer never contacts us & refused itemized. Over 2x more $ and now being told out of cntry

Personal insurance covered everything when stores should have, so they taking for every doc visit, which still happens frequently. Delays seem to be from our own lawyer at this point, we were told to sign months ago, without being able to see itemized receipt even though we asked for it. The... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2020

If lawyer is out of country and has access to email, that should still enable wrapping up paperwork for case. If you are able to establish email contact and carrier is willing to work with digital scans of releases, lien forms, and other related paperwork for closing out the case, that might be an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Legal Malpractice for Louisiana on
Q: i seen many people move out at age 17 in louisiana. i turn 17 in apri, is it legal if i decide to move out too?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 18, 2020

No you are a minor until you turn 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: how long does someone have to file a civil complaint in pa?
Clifford B Cohn
Clifford B Cohn answered on Mar 15, 2020

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for legal malpractice can be two or four years from the time that you knew or should have know that the attorney did something wrong,

Q: How can I prove I am being harassed by the city

Code enforcement is harassing me. Now they are targetting my neighbor for helping me

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 10, 2020

You need a lawyer who knows how to protect your civil rights. Code enforcement harassment can result in liens against your property which then drive up your mortgage payments and can put you in danger of losing your home if you can't afford the new payments your mortgage company can force on you if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My 15 year old son went to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. He had cuts and other drugs in his body. Is this legal?

The hospital let him go and didn’t even get PERT or a social worker to talk to him.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 10, 2020

It's unclear what happened. You don't ask any questions about whether the person who supplied your son with drugs and alcohol might be responsible. You don't ask any questions about whether he has claims against others for the cuts on his body. Whether the hospital might be liable to someone for... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Oregon on
Q: I need a lawyer to sue another lawyer for legal malpractice
Jeff Merrick
Jeff Merrick answered on Mar 1, 2020

If you'd like, you may E-mail me with the following information:

Who is the lawyer?

What did the lawyer do wrong?

When did you discover the lawyer harmed you?

What is the dollar value of the harm?

Jeff Merrick

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: I need to find a medical practice lawyer my free consultations and a good lawyer

11 years in surgery surgon messed up on my stomach

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 29, 2020

You should be able to arrange that. Medical malpractice lawyers typically provide free initial consults. You could look for lawyers on this site (Find-a-Lawyer), or conduct your own independent searches. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Tennessee on
Q: If you are told by your lawyer,"in order to keep services, pay $$ by next court date. Went to court w/$$ & lawyer said

That he wasn't going to be representing me any more. This was on the day of my court hearing. My lawyer wouldn't give me my case file or anything. What can I do pertaining to this situation?

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Feb 20, 2020

No lawyer in TN can retain your case file, whether or not you owe that attorney money. There are things such a lawyer can retain such as his notes and impressions. If the attorney filed a notice of appearance or represented you before the Court, that attorney must file a motion to withdraw and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Libel & Slander and Probate for California on
Q: Can a defendant sue a plaintiff, her attorney & their witness for using perjured facts from a prior harassment case?

Can a defendant sue in a probate case if the complaint is based on Known libelous statements that was proven to be libelous in an unrelated harassment order case where the defendant in the current probate case was the plaintiff & the witness for the plaintiff in the current probate case was the... Read more »

Joseph Franklin Klatt
Joseph Franklin Klatt answered on Feb 15, 2020

The standards are different for restraining orders than they are in a civil probate matter. When in doubt in a restraining order situation, the Court errs on the side of caution and grants the restraining order. In a civil matter, you have to prove more likely than not you are correct, and are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Can a NEW lawyer REVERSE what OLD lawyer already allowed to take place?

OLD lawyer never submitted new Affidavits denying former false statements. The Marchman Act was enacted on Dr. with NO physical proof nor professional misconduct, ONLY based on said bogus statements. Which in turn led to lawyer setting up probation for defendant, to save CA Medical Veterinarian... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Feb 15, 2020

The answer to your question depends on the procedural status of your matter. Far more would need to be known to answer it. Often a subsequent attorney can find ways to cure problems caused by an earlier attorney, but if the matter has already proceed to a hearing and a determination has been made... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Alabama on
Q: personal injury lawyer never returns phone calls/emails after status updates. help

I have no idea of status of case after 8 mos was needing a pre-settlement loan, which he could have said no, but said nothing No communication. I am supposed to get all medical histories but have no car. Adjuster has no idea of worth of case or progress.Finally he called and said he'd agree to pre... Read more »

J. Brent Burney
J. Brent Burney answered on Feb 14, 2020

Your attorney is typically responsible for dealing with Medicare issues. The MSP and Medicare liens can be a complicated matter. All that I can advise is that you set up an appointment with your current attorney to discuss your case and concerns. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: Would a complaint to the BAR resolve this?

Is this attorney blowing me off?

I was referred by email from website last year to a Florida class action attorney regarding a robo- text I received repeatedly. The attorney was responsive from December 2019 to early February 2020.

I already signed a retainer... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Feb 14, 2020

Is the lawyer blowing you off? Probably not. Your case is called a class action because it involves hundreds, maybe even thousands of people. It isn't realistic to expect the attorney to respond immediately to every contact he gets from every one of them. Furthermore, you wrote he was responsive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Ohio on
Q: Can a lawyer get away with it?

I just got done with a custody battle with my boys dad. His lawyer and I have to go sign papers at court on friday. She has been texting me trying to get me to sign so we dont have to go Friday. She added things that were not talked about or agreed to, so I will not sign. Now she stating she going... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Feb 13, 2020

In Ohio, it is not uncommon for custody battles to end in this ways: 1) the parties come to an agreement that is read into the record in court, 2) the judge then orders an attorney to write up the agreement matching those terms before a specific date in the future and 3) the court set a hearing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Legal Malpractice and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Invading privacy without consent... false light tort harrassment cyber stalking. Slander rebellious mal practice.
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Feb 13, 2020

So, what exactly is your question? I've been practicing for over 42 years, and had never heard of rebellious malpractice before. You have me really wondering....

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury for California on
Q: If i was drunk & rude seated &handcuffed when a police officer punched me in the face giving me a black eye legal?

Regardless of my stupid drunk comments, spitting, and being a total jackass how is it that an officer has no consequences for punching me in the face cutting my nose and giving me a black eye? I was SEATED AND CUFFED TO A CHAIR!! YET I am threatened with a felony

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 6, 2020

more info needed.

but NO not legal

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Louisiana on
Q: I need help I am not able to drive or walk down la trace rd to my home how can this be legal

Nabors will not give me access to my property on la trace rd passed his house I need help

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 5, 2020

You should seek the help of an attorney who handles property matters to determine if you have a servitude (or right of passage) across your neighbor's property. If so, that attorney can help you enforce your rights. Good luck

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