Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer Yes, it is illegal to pretend to be an attorney. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody,...
Edward X. Clinton, Jr's answer Nope. To be malpractice the error must be significant enough to affect the outcome. Usually, you have to prove that you lost the case as a result of the error. If the error is tiny and can be corrected, there was no malpractice.
Michael Bersani's answer Not necessarily. You can talk to another lawyer. Or you can contact your county bar association grievance committee in New York. But of course you can also call the New York State Bar association.
Michael Bersani's answer You need to consider suing your lawyer. You should carefully watch your filing deadline for that case! It is three years from the date of the missed filing, unless your lawyer continued to represent you on the same matter after that happened, in which case the filing deadline is three years from the last date he represented you on that same matter.
Michael David Siegel's answer Make sure you saved your written inquiries. You are supposed to send the Executor a formal Notice of Claim within 7 months of appointment. What you did might qualify. You can make a motion to be paid.
Edward X. Clinton, Jr's answer Yes, there is a statute of limitations on legal malpractice in every state. Depending on where the client is located and where the lawyer is located, the statute of limitations will vary. For example, Illinois has a two-year statute of limitations while Ohio has a one-year statute of limitations.
Susan Chana Lask's answer Police Officers can call the officer who is listed on the PBA card. So I do not see anything wrong with the officer who stopped your wife with calling the brother in law.
Next, it cannot be said whether or not the lawyer is representing the other side just because he is friends with the police. That is a loaded question that is impossible to answer. The lawyer is representing your wife. However, if you do not trust him then you should find a lawyer whom you trust. Not having faith...
Michael Bersani's answer Yes, it is allowable, but not advisable. However, it is not allowed at all if the lawyer is representing the client in a domestic relations matter. Rule 8(j)(1). And it is never permissible to make sexual relations a condition for representation.
Kevin Michael Colwell's answer It is unclear from your question whether or not the attorney you wish to hire would have a conflict of interest problem. The best thing to do would be to ask the attorney directly if he or she would have a conflict of interest in the event he or she took your case.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer You can file a fee dispute, potentially sue for malpractice, and report him to the NY office of disciplinary counsel. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law:...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer More facts are needed. It depends on whether the strategy was a reasonable one, and it depends on whether you were damaged as a result. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law:...
Michael David Siegel's answer Call the District Attorney in the county where you live in NY, and the DA in Pennsylvania. There are really two crimes -- one is the lawyer engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in NY, but his defense, that the Paralegal used his name, is a crime in PA.
Joshua Bannister's answer It sounds like he has a bench warrant. The statute of limitations was satisfied when the officer filed charges with the court. Speedy trial timelines are tolled for the time the defendant absents himself from the court proceedings. Bench warrants don't go away until the defendant appears on the warrant or the court is served with a death certificate.
New York may or may not pick him on the warrant. If they don't, he will continue to risk being detained every time he has police contact...
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