My soon to be ex husband is currently using the same attorney as the woman who he had an affair with during our marriage. She is also going through a divorce as she had an affair with my husband. The attorney is aware and they are both paying for ...
Potentially there is a conflict of interest with a lawyer representing two parties in separate divorces who could wind up being witnesses in each other's cases. But that said, it is the type of conflict that the parties could give their informed consent to the lawyer to proceed with representing both after full disclosure of the potential risks regarding proceeding notwithstanding the conflict. The reality in this type of situation is that only the two affected clients are in a position to allege a conflict of interest against the lawyer. Anyone else on the outside looking in doesn't know what was disclosed to them, whether they waived they conflict, whether the lawyer has made other arrangements with regards to defending their testimony in each other's cases, etc. So just because there's a potential conflict doesn't mean the attorney is necessarily doing anything that's prohibited by representing both, because both could have consented to the representation. And with regards to 3rd party payment of legal fees, this is also ethically permissible provided certain steps are taken for the lawyer to maintain independent professional judgement and confidentiality. Again, being on the outside looking in you are just not in a position to know what exactly has been communicated to both of the lawyer's clients, and you're not permitted to find out since those communications are privileged and confidential. You should consider contacting your own attorney in your domestic case to see if there is anything that needs to be done to protect any of your marital assets from being spent on the mistress's legal fees.See question
This attorney who is 90 years old is filing attempting to collecting on a judgement which has been satisfied. But he is still trying to collect with antiquated cases. Following with malicious prosecution. These cases which have no real meaning hav...
Contact the Cleveland Metro Bar Association. https://www.clemetrobar.org/ If an attorney is knowingly filing frivolous cases that is potentially a disciplinary offense and the bar could look into that. If, on the other hand, this older attorney has dementia or something along those lines and thinks he's filing something legitimate when in fact he's not, the bar would also have resources at their disposal to reach out to him and encourage him to seek medical treatment and/or facilitate him winding up his practice if necessary. Either way they're probably your best local resource to begin to look into this.See question
I retained a lawyer for my divorce case but have been having trouble getting in contact with her. She switched firms and the contact number I received from the old firm will only take messages to give to the lawyer of which I've given three.
The Ohio Supreme Court Attorney Registration website is: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/AttyReg/Public_AttorneyInformation.asp
If your attorney has not already updated her contact information there, she most likely will soon as it is a requirement when lawyers move firms. Good luck!
Her brother in law is the cheif of police as well.
Code of Judicial Conduct Rule 2.11 deals with grounds for disqualification based on an appearance of bias and appears to cover this:
I have multiple misdemeanors dating back to 08/09 - in these years I had a drug charge, 2 OVIs, assault, trespassing and maybe even 1 or 2 other charges and just recently in 2015 I just got a 3rd OVI. The oppression from these events is leading me...
I've handled about 40 character and fitness cases in Ohio and the short answer is yes, you could get admitted here, but with A LOT of caveats - most depending on you being squeaky clean during law school and probably getting alcohol counselling, becoming a member of AA, and contacting the Ohio Lawyer's Assistance Program and entering into a recovery contract. The central issue in Ohio character and fitness proceedings is PRESENT character and fitness at the time you're applying to sit for the bar - not necessarily what an applicant has done in the past. The fact that you have a 3rd OVI in 2015 no doubt hurts both because it's more recent than the 09 incident, but also because it calls into question whether you learned anything from the 1st two OVIs. If you "straighten up and fly right" and refrain from abusing alcohol and any other substances between now and when you seek admission, your chances are fairly good in Ohio (although I would thoroughly expect you will have to go through a full hearing) provided you can present a lot of evidence showing that you're a different person by 2018-19 than you were when all of these arrests occurred. Call Scott Mote at www.ohiolap.com about getting an assessment done and entering a contract if OLAP recommends one. Even if you don't want to get admitted in Ohio, taking steps presently to show you're changing your ways and addressing your substance abuse history should improve your chances in any state. Get another OVI or drug (or any other) arrest during law school, and you're hurting your chances. It's about that simple. I wish you the best in law school and getting admitted in the future.See question
I recently spoke with a attorney regarding a legal matter. I decided I would like the attorney to represent me as I felt comfortable after talking. Unfortunately I just found out I will not be able to pay the attorney the remaining cash for se...
While I agree with most of Rachel A Lyne's answer that it may depend on the terms of the contract and whether the attorney has started billing on an hourly basis and thus has earned some portion of the fee, in Ohio even a "non-refundable" flat fee is actually refundable if the attorney cannot complete the representation per Ohio's Prof. Cond. Rule 1.5(d)(3). http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/LegalResources/Rules/ProfConduct/profConductRules.pdf It just depends on the agreement and what work (if any) the attorney has done to earn the fees paid by the time the refund request is made.See question