An HONEST and ETHICAL lawyer.
I can't begin to say what a satisfying experience I had with Stefan Jouret. I was looking into filing a medical malpractice suit, Stefan had given me the names of several attorneys who handled medical since that was not his field. I contacted one of them to handle this on a contingency basis and we agreed that any fees would come out of a settlement. Lawyer B sent my medical records to an "expert" for medical review to determine if there were grounds for the suit. After waiting several months, the lawyer got back to me saying this "expert" determined I didn't have a case for malpractice. Of course, I was greatly disappointed. Lawyer B then sent an email that I owed $$$ to him since he had paid for the expert's opinion/report. I was not expecting this expense since I was under the impression that since he was taking this "case" was taken under contingency, and I didn't have a positive outcome to go forward, I wouldn't have this expense to pay. Being that I don't know much about the laws & no experience with attorneys other than for house closings, I sent an email response to Lawyer B saying I would have to pay him for this unexpected expense in several payments and I sent off a check for the first payment. I copied my email response to Lawyer B to Stefan.
Stefan then responded back to me: "Normally, in a full contingency case, there should be no fee to the client for expenses or legal fees if there is no recovery. I’m not certain that you’re responsible for the $1,175 referenced in the letter. I suggest you review https://www.mass.gov/supreme-judicial-court-rules/rules-of-professional-conduct-rule-15-fees (it describes the requirement of a writing and disclosures for variations of the standard rule that the lawyer, not the client, will be responsible for fees) and give me a call to discuss if you have questions."
Because there was NO written agreement with Lawyer B, everything was verbal during a telephone discussion about him taking the case on contingency, Stefan stepped in on my behalf and contacted Lawyer B stating he committed a technical violation of Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.5 (b) and there was no written agreement ever, let alone in the first six months, as to how expenses would be handled. He suggested to Lawyer B to give the issue more thought and that maybe a "joint call to the Board of Bar Overseers hotline as to what Rule 1.5 requires may be the most sensible way forward". Stefan emailed me saying I shouldn't be responsible for the fee and not to send anymore payments and because he felt very strongly about this and said he would gladly represent me pro bono in the claim for expenses to Lawyer B and handled all future correspondence for me in seeing this resolved.
End result.... Stefan managed to have me responsible for any further payments and my first and only payment made to Lawyer B - sent back to me!! Through this whole process, Stefan had contacted me to see how things were going and when this "fee problem" arose, he stepped in on my behalf which resulted in a VERY positive response, though I had a very frustrating experience and disappointing outcome with Lawyer B in an attempt to file a medical malpractice.
Stefan has restored my faith in the legal profession, knowing that there really ARE ethical and honest attorneys still practicing. Should I ever need legal representation in the future I certainly would put my confidence once again in Stefan. I would also absolutely recommend Stefan Jouret and his firm, Jouret Attorneys, LLC without hesitation to my friends.