This is a property dispute. The counsel I hired initially was inattentive and unresponsive. My repeated status requests and requests to file my complaint were ignored. I fired that counsel, but in the time that she wasted, the other side filed ...
If your prior counsel has not filed a Motion to Withdraw then technically he or she is still of record in your case and is responsible for protecting you against a default. If he or she is not in the case then so as others have suggested and file a Motion for Extension to retain counsel however put a definitive time in the Motion.See question
Someone owes me 5K and I want to get moving on collecting this. I don't know what kind of lawyer I should seek out, but I have a signed contract saying he will pay me back; he has defaulted.
If you have a written agreement for the money owed then those provisions may provide some guidance. If you don't have written agreement then the process would begin with a demand letter identifying a reasonable time to pay. Thereafter, any litigation lawyer should be able to help.See question