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Asked almost 2 years ago - Framingham, MA

After I spent $122,000 on legal fees, I ran out of money. I maxed out my credit cards and loans. I had to inform my financial situation to my attorney and he insisted to withdraw from the case when the trial date was less than twenty days way. I told the Judge that I did not object to my attorney's withdraw because I could no longer afford him. The Judge heard the both sides story and denied my attorney's request to withdraw and ordered him to defend me. That point on, he did not put any effort on my case and forced me settled the case. Now, my attorney keeps sending me demanding letters of payment.
1. Are his actions is legally justified?
2. Can I request a clearification from the Judge who ordered him to defend me?

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  1. Christopher Joseph Fein

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    Answered . Based on your side of the story the attorney could have some questions to answer, but nobody can adequately respond to your situation without knowing more. It is possible that the attorney's actions subsequent to the court order may be a violation of the court order. It is also possible that this is an ethical issue, or legal malpractice arising out of negligence.

    I agree that the judge did the right thing by forcing the attorney to defend you.

    To properly advise you I would need more information.

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  2. Erik Hammarlund

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    Answered . That is a very high legal bill. If you think that the attorney who took $122,000 did not provide good services, you may want to call the Mass BBO.

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  3. Henry Lebensbaum

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    Answered . The judge did the correct thing.

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