I hired an attorney in 2008 to the tune of 20,000. He was paid 10,000 upfront by my mom and appeared 3 times to court. I had a hard time paying the balance and he went behind my back and motion to withdraw from my case. I did not know about the court date until after the fact by email that "he had withdrew and there was a bench warrant out for my arrest" I had an excellent case with some errors and loopholes. I was abandoned without proper legal representation. I was given a court appointed attorney and my case fell apart. Lack of proper information and guidance etc I was left between a rock and a hard place. Now 4 yrs later......upon reflection this does not sit right with me as my medical career is essentially ruined. he kept my 10.000. Any recourse?
It's doubtful you have any recourse. The lawyer is a) entitled to a fee for his work, and b) provided he follows the proper procedures to withdraw, is not required to continue working on a case on which he is not being paid.
You might try contacting the Michigan State Bar, but I think you may be beyond the statute of limitations to bring a case even if you indeed have a valid claim to make.
In Michigan, the applicable Statute of Limitations for a Legal Malpractice action is 2 years. You can still file a complaint with the AGC, but as you noted, the fact that you waited 4 years to do anything will likely work against you. However, if you do nothing, you have a 100% chance of getting no relief. I am sorry you had this horrible experience. All my best, Matt Catchick.
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