I hired a family law attorney, who literally did nothing with my case, but collect money from me. For one Temporary Hearing, (in which she chose to attend and withdraw), I have paid @5000.
Before withdrawing, email were sent back and forth and she said (in email) that she'd not do any more work on my case, nor would she seek a lien on the marital home.
I was notified yesterday, that she did anyway. Seeking @7000 more in fees, for her having to be in court to have her withdrawal signed. The Judge's calendar had been full, and he moved the court date. She is billing me for this time. I find it erroneous, and unethical. She also billed me for drive time, and visit time when she came to the detention center after my husband filed a false police report, to "offer moral support"
What action can I take against this lawyer, for her erroneous billing and lack of ethics?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
You didn't ask a question, so it's hard to respond to your post. But let me mention that the State Bar of Georgia has a fee dispute panel, and if you wish to pursue the dispute that is where you will get help, starting by making a written complaint there. http://www.gabar.org/committeesprogramssections/programs/upload/cap_intake_form.pdf
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If you have not yet spoken with the lawyer about your concerns, you should write her a letter, certified mail, explaining what you think (in a professional way) about the fees.
If you have spoken with her then you should go ahead with a fee dispute as noted by my colleague. If you feel she was unethical, report her to the disciplinary board for ethical violation.
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