I am going through a bitter divorce, the judge gave my wife full control over all finances and the income generating company I owned and operated for 30 years. I was locked out of all my accounts and awarded minimal spousal support (the company generates very good revenue). My first attorney billed me upwards of 75k then withdrew because he wasn't getting anywhere with the case (I paid him so it wasn't for failure to pay) however, I have now retained a new attorney and am broke unless he gets me my company back or he fights for his fees from the other side. He says he will not proceed (he hasn't done anything of substance yet) unless I pay him another retainer. Am I screwed? Do I hire a pro bono attorney? are there legal loans I can get?
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You will need a lawyer. Your case sounds complicated and I would not suggest going solo. I also doubt there will be too may lawyers who will take a bitter divorce case pro bono. I'd suggest coming up with a way to get money for a retainer and then enter negotiations knowing that the less you compromise the higher your fees will end up being. Good luck.
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I can't tell you very much with the info you have given me. For example, what are the liquid assets that exist?
You won't find a pro bono attorney for your case. You are going to have to either:
1. borrow money somehow to get an attorney into Court to get some fees;
2. find an attorney willing to take on the case without a retainer in hopes of getting interim fees.
The most important question is the first one.
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$75,000 is a lot of money to pay someone and then they withdraw. You have had bad luck so far with the local "high dollar" family law bar. Now you need to hire someone who goes to court everyday and will fight for you. I will be in the office Saturday.