My divorce attorney withdrew and the Judge signed the Order. Attorney claims she could continue to bill me for work months later. I had picked up my entire file. Charges include things like reviewing my file months after I picked it up, a hearing she went to with my ex over legal fees, the cost of a court reporter for that hearing, a letter my ex sent to the Judge and meetings with "opposing council" even though my ex also had his attorney withdraw. There was even a charge for an office meeting she claims to have had with me, even though I needed to go there for something months later and she was not there. I have told her that I need this fixed, because my ex owes me legal fees. She insists that she plans to collect from him. Our MSA did not specify who ex pays so the Judge cannot rule.
It would seem the attorney could bill for work up to the withdrawal. However, work after the withdrawal doesn't make much sense. Why would she have been working on your case after withdrawal? The answer to this will likely determine her rights to bill you for any other services post withdrawal. You should send her a certified letter inquiring and if you do not get an acceptable response, consult with another local attorney.
If your attorney has withdrawn from your case with a signed order confirming his/her withdrawal, then the attorney can no longer incur fees on your behalf. However, if the invoices are simply delivered after the withdrawal, but encompass a time period during representation, then those are legitimate financial obligations that you owe to your former attorney. If you are unable to resolve the issue with your former attorney, you can consult the website for the Florida Bar for assistance in mediating this dispute.
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