Hired a lawyer to recover money from rental company who were extorting money, signed retainer, gave 2K to the lawyer and in the agreement it stated that once retainer is 500 or less it needs to be replenished. AFter 3 weeks or so after signing the retainer the attorney says I owe her 3K more,I still have money thats why I was emailing you back and forth thinking I still have money and when it reached 500 I will replenish it. I was told that we send out statement once at the end of the month. and i was overdue how in the world am I suppose to know, thats wrong and cheating and now she is threatening me. Also she closed the case half way, could not manage to recover even a dollar, Told her many times call me and no emails, MD resident, signed and faxed agreement, property in FL. HELP
Lawyers often have fee agreements providing that once a fee/cost retainer has been used up, the retainer needs to be replenished, but I agree that until a monthly invoice is rendered, a client doesn't know when more money is due, and most lawyers don't send invoices more frequently than monthly.
She can't "close" your case, unless a lawsuit's been filed and she's dismissed it, and it doesn't sound like that's happened.
Hire another lawyer -this time, get a reference from a friend or family to someone who's handled a similar case as yours- and get your rental company issues resolved, and then demand that this lawyer refund any money that doesn't reflect the reasonable value of her services. You'll need to review the fee agreement you signed to see what it says about retainer funds, invoices, withdrawals, etc.
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Without knowing the situation something seems a little amiss....what kind of action was this attorney filing on your behalf? How much money is owed to you by the rental company?
I only send out statements once a month, which detail what is owed and what portion of a retainer is applied. I also question how the case was just closed in the middle.
I'd be happy to take a look at your situation for you.
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I agree that the first thing to do is find a trustworthy attorney--based on credible references from people you know--to deal with the underlying case. Than deal with the apparently strange behavior of that lawyer.
If you really feel that 1st lawyer ripped you off then file a complaint with MD Attorney grievance Commission.
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