I retained a Family Law attorney in Spokane and paid him $1,000. He filed my divorce. My spouse did not respond. My attorney filed a status conference.
My spouse still did not respond and told me to finalize the divorce, doing what I wanted to with it. We had no assets except a house that we owed more on it than what it was worth. We had already divided the meager belongings we owned. It should have been a simple cut-and-dry divorce!
After 90 days of no response, the court ordered my spouse in default.
My attorney then filed 7 more status conferences over the course of the next year.
A year after I filed for divorce, my spouse got an attorney and took me to trial.
I fired my attorney and hired a new one at a cost of $10,000. My divorce was final two years after my first attorney filed for me.
QUESTIONS: Can I sue my original attorney for malpractice for not finalizing my divorce when my ex was in default, putting me through the stress of not finalizing my divorce and causing me the stress and cost of the trial?
Can I sue him for the entire $11,000?
How do I find a good attorney who will help me sue this attorney?
No responsible attorney would take a legal malpractice case where the amount at issue is likely limited to $11,000.00. Confirm with local counsel.
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