For about six months I retained a lawyer to help me in an estate settlement dispute with a relative. I was dismayed as I saw that he seemed to mainly agree with the proposals of my relative’s lawyer
I also sensed, from his e-mails and the timing of events, that he was negotiating with my relative’s lawyer without telling me. It seemed sort of like a plea bargain in a criminal case without telling your client the deal you were making.
Last month I retained a new lawyer who agreed with my ideas of how the dispute should have been handled.
I paid my former lawyer a $1000 retainer. He has billed me again almost as much for the last month of his retention. I feel uneasy about paying more because he was not only ineffective in helping me, but seemed to be on the side of my adversary.