I hired an attourney that has since been bard to practice law.I dont now what to do.

Asked over 2 years ago - Denver, CO

I hired an attourney that has been bard from practicing law. He inform's me its over past child support and that he could be re-enstated soon. This leaves me with a child custody case and no down payment for another attourney as well as having to handle this current custody case on my own now!
1) Can attourneys loose there right to practice law by non payment of child support?
2) If an attourney is banned from practice. Would he not be liable to complete existing cases? ( Just not accept new clients!)
3) How do I find out when this attourney lost his liscence to practice as I'm wondering if he new this was coming, or if he had in fact allready been band to practice when he took my money.( Downpayment )
4) how do I find out if he could/will be available to continue my custody case?

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  1. James C Underhill Jr.

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    Answered . You need to do several things right away. First go online to the following site: http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/Search/AttS...

    This will let you enter the lawyer's name and see his current status. Another tab on the results will also let you see his disciplinary history and status. Figure out from that data if he took your money while barred from practice, or was he barred during your representation?

    If your lawyer is currently ineligible to practice, call the regulatory counsel (numbers and stuff on the same website). The receptionist will tell you how to file a complaint.

    Yes, lawyers can be barred from practice for not paying child support. I suspect that there is probably more, because an attorney being barred for that reason, usually has a number of other problems as well. However, lawyers usually get 30 days from the date of the order to its effective date to inform their clients of the problem and refer them to other attorneys. And no, he cannot finish pending cases - they must be picked up by another lawyer of your choice.

    In all likelihood, depending on when you paid and when he was barred, you are entitled to all your money back. If the attorney was in proceedings for example that led to this order suspending his license, and didn't tell you when he took your money that he might not be able to finish the case, then the Regulation people may require him to pay back the fees.

    Also, does your court know that he is barred? If not, you need to file a notice with the court, and serve it on the lawyer for the other side, or the party if no lawyer.

    Like many attorneys we will sit down and review your situation with you without charge.

    Your best bet is to find a good lawyer who provides advice on this kind of issue on a regular basis and review your specific facts; the lawyer will be able to give you an analysis of the law and your options.

    By the way, some attorneys sell "unbundled" or "limited" legal services where you pay for just what you need and can afford. For example, some attorneys will prepare letters for you to sign, legal documents, or sell the paperwork for the court filings; then you can proceed on your own, but knowing that your paperwork is correct and having a road map as to how to proceed. Or who will attend a hearing for a flat fee even if they are not handling the whole case. Neighborhood Law Office is such a firm.

    At Neighborhood Law Office we never charge for an initial consultation, and at that meeting we can go through your specific facts and give you options. Please call us anytime for an appointment.

    Thanks, Jim

    Jim Underhill
    Neighborhood Law Office
    7225 E. Hampden Ave.
    Denver, CO 80224
    303-302-1000
    303-302-1001 fax
    jim@NeighborhoodLawOffice.com
    www.NeighborhoodLawOffice.com

    NOTICE— This answer is based upon a partial understanding of the facts and may not be relied upon as legal... more
  2. Daniel Nelson Deasy

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . We in the legal profession hate to hear of stories such as yours -- they are difficult and can potentially give our industry a bad name.

    It seems that you can clear up many of your questions with a call to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Colorado. Those folks work hard to make sure we attorney-types are playing by the rules and doing right by our clients.

    I wish you luck!!

    In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship.... more
  3. John Addison Vos

    Contributor Level 15

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    Answered . 1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Call the state bar
    4. Call the state bar

    This is general legal information, not intended to apply to your specific case. And I may not be licensed to... more

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