It's doubtful you have any recourse. The lawyer is a) entitled to a fee for his work, and b) provided he follows the proper procedures to withdraw, is not required to continue working on a case on which he is not being paid.
You might try contacting the Michigan State Bar, but I think you may be beyond the statute of limitations to bring a case even if you indeed have a valid claim to make.
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I agree. Unfortunately he did it all the right way and got released. Three court appearances could have earned $10,000, but the chance to complain has run out. The statute of limitations is two years.
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In Michigan, the applicable Statute of Limitations for a Legal Malpractice action is 2 years. You can still file a complaint with the AGC, but as you noted, the fact that you waited 4 years to do anything will likely work against you. However, if you do nothing, you have a 100% chance of getting no relief. I am sorry you had this horrible experience. All my best, Matt Catchick.
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