A lawyer is always advised to get a signed agreement prior to doing work for a client. However, that fact will not mean that an attorney/client relationship didn't exist. In fact, for you to recover on any of your claims it seems to me, you would have to admit that an attorney/client...Read more »
This is something that an attorney in Australia would need to advise on. But as a general matter in many legal systems, it would be improper for a school to interfere in an individual's private-based claims. You may want to discuss this with your parents first. Good luck
Ill. Sup. Ct. R. 775 “IMMUNITY” seems to offer total protection to anyone who files an ARDC complaint against a lawyer, even if the grievance is entirely untrue and filed simply to harass the lawyer. The ARDC thoroughly investigates every claim, and it seems unfair to force lawyers to spend the... Read more »
I have read both of your questions. Rule 775 does provide that immunity in the context of ARDC communications. It is not clear if the suit you describe is a malpractice claim against you, but if so I would suggest you review with your attorney. If not involving a malpractice claim, but arising from...Read more »
I have a case that has many faces: active divorce Since 2016, proposed settlement presented July 8, 2016, final judgment on July 14, 2016, after mediation and consent order signed by judge Feb 9, 2016. My X bringing contempt charges for incurring debt on credit cards. It was mutual and nothing was... Read more »
Does a defense lawyer practicing in Illinois have an ethical obligation to inform his client that the client may have insurance coverage for a lawsuit that would cover the client's legal fees? Even if this means that the case would have to be tendered to the insurance company and that lawyer... Read more »
Generally, any claim/case should be reviewed to determine if there is possible insurance coverage. If there is potential coverage then the claim/case should be forwarded to the parties insurance agent who will transmit to the insurance company. If there is coverage, then the insurance company...Read more »
I was staying at a hotel in Mississippi, at the time I had company after checking to see who it was the knocks went unanswered. The next 4-5 minutes later someone tried to open our door. The deadbolt was the only reason that individual could not gain entrance. I then called the front desk asking... Read more »
A Mississippi attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. It was improper for the key to your room to be given out to someone else. In terms of your civil remedies, they would be based on actual damages, more so than damages that might have occurred with a break-in....Read more »
This past January, I was involved in a car accident. I went to the emergency room and attended all of my therapy sessions. I call the law office every so often for updates. They always say it’s going to be 6-8 more weeks. (Say this every month) It is now September. Now it’s a different story... Read more »
One of the biggest issues, as I understand it, for clients is lawyer timely communicating with their clients. It is a tough area- the lawyer does have other cases- but does need to communicate. the client has only one case- and wants communication in a process that doesn't often move at a...Read more »
Yes and no. Generally, I would expect the Judge to recuse himself/herself from the case if s/he has a close relationship with one of the attorneys or a firm on the case they are hearing such as you are describing. There are exceptions to the conflict of interest wherein the Judge has no...Read more »
This is for something I'm writing ( a work of fiction) and I'd like to have something with this situation: a lawyer who just borrowed a lot of money to become an equity partner in a law firm is sabotaged to accidentally reveal some very private client info to the wrong people. The lawyer... Read more »
The answer to this question will depend on form of the entity that is the law firm, and the organizational agreements associated therewith. A well-drafted Shareholder's Agreement or Partnership Agreement can spell out the particular circumstances under which an equity owner/partner can be...Read more »
My ex-husband Lawyer worked for our current judge like staff attorney. What do ethical rules say? Because when a lawyer works for a judge like stuff attorney they develop a personal relationship and in such a situation the judge cannot be impartial. And I have some doubts about the impartiality... Read more »
There is not necessarily a direct conflict requiring the lawyer to withdraw or the judge to recuse. There may be the appearance of impropriety, but unless the lawyer gained knowledge about you or your case while working for the judge, neither will be required to withdraw.
This is a common question and subject to many misinterpretations.
Entrapment is a defense to criminal charges. The basis for entrapment occurs between an officer and defendant before or during the alleged crime. When an officer coerces or uses overbearing tactics to induce someone to commit...Read more »
This law group was not her or her husband's attorney. They were fishing for work. She did not know they were getting a divorce and had not even been served yet. This law group had her case number and name of the judge. Is this not legal to solicit work like that?
This is legal. Solicitation by mail is allowed per the State Bar rules. They searched the public records for divorce filings and mailed her a notice. This is why I do not include the addresses of my clients in the petition, to prevent this from happening.
This is messy I know, but I'm appreciative of the help. I'm representing myself pro se in a divorce trial. Not my choice. My previous law firm did not file an appearance, they were "consulting", they did a lot of damage on rules of evidence. I didn't pay them. They are... Read more »
Your question is very confusing. Are you seeking to file a legal malpractice claim? If so, that is an area of specialization and you can inquire using this forum. If you are seeking pro bono legal assistance, also, then there are some resources which may be available to you . You need to tailor...Read more »
You would need to consult with a real estate attorney to review your purchase agreement, which we obviously cannot do online in this forum. If it was only on the listing you likely would not have any recourse in this matter. It is important to use a real estate attorney when purchasing property...Read more »
Someone has been financially gaining by using a different name on documentation which has been notarized (as required to be valid and binding) but, the name does not match the legal name or initial on the FL ID. For example: the person's name is "Tom Smith Jones" (First, Middle and... Read more »
To answer that question, a review of all relevant documents and communications would be required because notarization is not normally needed to create an enforceable contract. So the issue is whether the faulty notarization makes a difference, as opposed it being irrelevant because of having a...Read more »
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