My husbands attorney sent him a bill for $1500 a day before court. We brought a few hundred dollars the day of and he yelled at us for it in the courthouse. We explained that it was a sudden bill and we had a lot on our plate with going through IVF but would send a check with the rest. The attorney never sent another bill and sent a Facebook message to my mother (his clients mother n law) and told him we said we couldn’t pay him bc we are doing IVF and that he owes him money. My mother tried to be polite and said they are sending a check today and thank you for your help. He’s response “I wont hold my breath”. Can he do this? He told her how much we owe and our personal medical care information
Suing him isn't really the right way to go, because you're not really out any money. (You could claim some sort of emotional distress or embarrassment, but that's just not a very strong claim.) A better thing to do would be to report him to the Alabama Board of Bar Commissioners, which is the agency that investigates attorneys and determines whether attorneys get reprimanded, disbarred, etc. You can find them at https://www.alabar.org/about-the-bar/board-of-bar-commissioners/, and then follow the "For the Public" link.
Make sure you focus your argument. Although it was uncaring and pretty rude of him to present you with a bill of that size the day before going to court, there's nothing wrong in that by itself. Making a scene about it in public (in the courthouse) is unprofessional, and addressing this with an outside party -- your mother -- is inexcusable. And doing it in a public forum on Facebook is just awful! I'm not sure that this rises to the level of getting disbarred, but he should at least be formally reprimanded.
Finally, hit him where it hurts. Take your business somewhere else, and find a new attorney. Then get on Facebook or Yelp or any other site like that and give him your honest reviews.
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