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  • Yes what should i do when I'm dealing with a probate lawyer whom is non-responsive, and doesn't return my calls

    my father wrote his will on his death bed simple boiler plate will the executor is his common law wife who is on high end pain medications including methadone. the attorney George Wolcott of Richland WA has been dragging his heals stating one day...

    Mark’s Answer

    You need to make sure that you have documented your request that the lawyer contact you. Don[t just telephone, you also need to write an email or a letter. Keep copies. If you get no response or not the response that you want then you should immediately contact the state Disciplinary Board of attorneys. The Board will ask the attorney to explain the lack of communication with you and determine whether the attorney is treating you ethically. You may find that the attorney immediately contacts you once he hears from the Disciplinary Board. It is unfortunate that your lawyer is treating you this way, because it gives all lawyers a bad name and reputation. Lawyers need to constantly communicate with their clients. It's difficult at times, but it is a necessary part of being a lawyer.

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  • Can an attorney bill me for the time it takes her office to generate an invoice to me?

    I hired an attorney, paid for the initial consultation, but several days later ended up demanding to cancel my contract for her representation. All she provided me with at the consultation, which was paid for, was advice (obviously) and a list of ...

    Mark’s Answer

    You need to make sure that you have documented your request that the lawyer drop the bill and outline why it is improper to charge you as you have done with your statement above. If you get no response or not the response that you want then you should immediately contact the state Disciplinary Board of attorneys. The Board will ask the attorney to explain the billing and determine whether the attorney is treating you ethically. You may find that the attorney immediately drops the bill once she hears from the Disciplinary Board.

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  • Some folks forge my name on a cognovite note. forensics proves it is fake. the atty for "paid"the claim

    I'm bring told by their atty they didn't mean it and since they paid the bill no crime was committed. I asked for cancel cashier check of the $40000 and was denied. My name was forced and I lost my home due to this. Is what he is saying true? I ha...

    Mark’s Answer

    Even though there might not have been a crime, it sounds like what the attorney did was unethical and may have violated the state's Rules of Professional Responsibility which is applicable to all lawyers. You should immediately contact the state's Disciplinary Board for lawyers and present them with the facts and documentation of what happened. If this attorney was involved in any way whatsoever, he/she could face disciplinary action. You should also contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether the attorney can take the case on a contingency fee. Even though this is not a personal injury claim, the lawyer you consult with will probably handle it as a attorney malpractice claim. Good luck

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  • My attorney had other attorneys handle my cases- they were NOT A PART of his firm. They screwed me.

    What do I do? I feel that he was negligent because I was denied access to whatever attorney was 'representing me that day.' I paid him, couldn't talk to him, had other lawyers at random working my cases, and I couldn't talk to any of them before t...

    Mark’s Answer

    You need an appointment with the attorney you actually hired to find out why he "farmed out" your case to another law firm without your permission. Although I am only licensed in TX I believe that there is a rule in TX requiring disclosure of the co-counsel relationship and your approval. I say this because I had a NM client with an auto accident in TX. I brought in a TX lawyer to assist me on the claim. The TX lawyer told me that he had to have the client sign a co-counsel agreement before he could really get involved. The client approved, because it didn't cost the client any more money, and there were not any problems. The client would contact our firm and his firm to get updates. Everyone was in the loop, and all went well. Hope you can get this all worked out. But you may be able to get the law firms to drop their entire fee altogether if they broke TX law by failing to disclose to you and getting your approval. In a personal injury claim this may mean that they lose all fees. There are some good TX lawyers on AVVO. You should contact one of them. If you need a referral, please contact me. Good luck.

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  • What to expect after twenty months of accident lawsuit against trash truck finish all my chicropractor work for six months

    truck accident from almost two years ago

    Mark’s Answer

    I am assuming that you already have an attorney because you mentioned that there is a lawsuit pending. You don't state whether you have finished with all of your medical care and reached maximum medical improvement or whether you have a permanent injury. In many jurisdictions a wait of 2 years is a short time. In Albuquerque, NM the wait for a court date is normally 2 years. It could be more or less in your jurisdiction. The best advice I can give you is listen to your current attorney.

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  • Can I sue, start legal action, etc for somebody saying false accusations about me?

    This person is not specifically telling my name but she accused me of something and is making a mockery of it in class and telling all the other students that "this person" is ganging up on people, bullying, and getting other people to join her to...

    Mark’s Answer

    You should immediately make your school administration aware of what is going on. She is spreading this false representation about you to other students so it is something that the school needs to know about. Once you report this to the school administration, I suggest that you speak to an attorney and have the attorney write a letter to the girl. If she is under 18 then the letter should go to her parents. This needs to stop before it gets out of hand.

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  • I had accident and i have pre existing on my low back

    hello i want to tell you guys(Lawyers) about my situation. i had rear-end auto accident on 4/20/12 and i already have pre existing on my low back. i have L-4/L-5 disc surgery on 2010. and i got disable card for my car. after 20...

    Mark’s Answer

    Trust your attorney. He is in the best position to evaluate your claim and the involvement of this new accident on your pre-existing condition. He may want to contact the doctor to help determine the extent of aggravation of the injury. Many doctors will compare your pre-accident pain level on a scale of 1 to 10 to your post-accident pain level on the same scale. Also post-accident diagnostics may help the doctor differentiate the pre-accident condition from the post-accident condition. Depending on the findings of your doctor and the amount of policy limits available, you may be able to get policy limits.

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  • I slightly rear-ended a motorcycle causing the motorist fell off, what are my options regarding potential lawsuit?

    It was at an intersection and I failed to stop in time, my car hit the motorbike's wheel and the man fell off. He stood up immediately and we called the police. I’m pretty sure he's not injured, but the ambulance took him to the hospital anyway. I...

    Mark’s Answer

    You should immediately contact your insurance company. Our law firm sees quite a few types of these kinds of situations. Even though the hit might not have felt hard to you, it was a significant hit to the motorcycle causing the driver to fall off. If he was taken away in an ambulance to a hospital I would expect a liability claim. Call your insurance now.

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  • Is this pain and suffering?

    I am going to see an Attorney, regarding a car accident. The other side is definitely at fault, that has been agreed. Shortly after the accident, I was offered a new responsibility at work, that was out of my job description and would've been gre...

    Mark’s Answer

    I wouldn't cause your employment issue Pain and Suffering. Rather it falls in the category of Lost of Earnings and Future Earnings. You need to be diagnosed by a psychologist of your fear and stress or undertake medical attention to rid you of any musculoskeletal problems.

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  • Should it be mandatory for victims of a multi rollover car accident to be taken to the Hospital?

    My son was involved in a car accident as a "ride share passenger". He was going back to The University Of Washington where he is a student. It was March 24th 10:00am, and the driver fell asleep at the wheel. An I witness stated the car flipped at ...

    Mark’s Answer

    You didn't state whether your son was actually injured. Need this info before question can really be answered. Also you didn't indicate son's age which is also important.

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