An attempt to buy a business failed due to no financing. Current owner engaged his lawyer for agreement and now termination of sale. I engaged same lawyer for liquor license which minimal work was done. He is charging me for both agreement and termination work even though owner was supposed to pay in full. I'm asking for an explanation, he gives none. He's been rude, intimidating, and threatening and is now ignoring me. He is withholding my escrow funds until I pay the bill.
Something certainly doesn't sound right about these facts. If the purchase and sale agreement was properly drafted, you would know what expenses were to be paid by the buyer versus the seller. If the deal fell through based on financing, that probably would have been known early in the process before the attorney got very far on any licensing issues. Generally, in my liquor license experience, the seller and buyer use two separate attorneys, even if one is doing the heavy lifting. A formal letter to the lawyer, either by another attorney, or on your own, might be sufficient. If all else fails, a complaint to ODC could be warranted. Sorry to hear you are having this issue. Good luck!
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