Soon after I became ill and was placed on disability which I am still on. September 2016 I received a summons from Los Angeles Superior Court stating she's filing for a divorce again. Because I became ill and placed on disability soon after the initial divorce my focus was on my health and not on the divorce becoming finalized. I was forced to hire an attorney to make sure the divorce is finalized which is costing me money that should be going toward regaining my health, money I don't necessarily have. I would like to report her attorney to the bar for negligence but was wondering if I could sue him as well due to his negligence? My supposed ex and her attorney are dragging their feet especially now that there's a good possibility she may owe me some money from her pension for the 2 years we were living together while we were married. If I can retain an attorney would he/she consider working on a contengency? My ex has known the divorce was never finalized but did nothing about it. I now have to contact the IRS and see how this is going to effect me on the last three years of my taxes and for 2016. Can someone please help me? I live in Colorado and need some advice. Thank you
Your questions are best directed to your attorney.
Your attorney is presumably familiar with all relevant facts and in best position to provide answers to you.
No,we cannot work on contingency. Some of us, despite the propensity of many people to stiff us, will take payments.
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Sorry, but :
Her attorney wasn't your attorney, and you weren't his client. He (or she) owed you no duty of care, and you can't (successfully) sue him for negligence, or report him to the Bar for negligence.
Your ex isn't required to finish a divorce.
If you didn't take steps to make sure it was done, then there's exactly one person legally responsible for any problems which yo now have because it wasn't.
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