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My lawyer mishandled a lawsuit against me, failing to see an obvious error in plaintiff's complaint (that plaintiff's company was an LLC, not a DBA). Instead of striking/demurring, he answered.
Furthermore, he ran up over $6,000 in fees doing little more than filing a mostly "boilerplate" 5 page answer to the complaint (that originally was full of errors until I edited it, and then he billed me extra for incorporating my edits).
Rather than admit error (& adjust his fees), he gave half-a-dozen different & conflicting reasons for why he answered the suit.
He's filed a motion to withdraw. Is this just an administrative hearing, or should I be preparing a response to his motion? I'm unfamiliar with what happens at this type of hearing. What are my options before the court?I paid a $5,000 retainer upfront. When I discovered that the complaint could have been demurred due to the plaintiff's intentional misrepresentation of her company, I tried to negotiate an agreement with my lawyer: I would pay a reasonable fee for his drafting the (unnecessary) answer, but no more for other hours billed going down that wrong path. Instead I wanted him to apply my retainer towards filing the demurrer (which he should have done in the first place). He refused, claiming he made no mistakes, and that I owed him an outstanding balance of well over $1,000. Rather than try to reach a reasonable agreement with me, he demanded I release him as my attorney. When I refused without a partial refund of my retainer, he filed a motion to withdraw.