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Two years ago, a civil suit was brought against me and it was dismissed 10 days later by a judge. My lawyer never told me and had me negotiating a settlement 6 months after it had been dismissed. My lawyer's name is nowhere on the docket and the court said they did not notify me because nobody was listed as my representative. If he took my retainer, wasn't he obligated to tell the court he was my lawyer? My lawyer admits that he "forgot" to tell me and thought the case had gone away. I do not know when or how he discovered it was dismissed, but he charged me over $1,000 in fees after the dismissal date and says I owe him money beyond the retainer I gave him. The case has just been refiled against me. I want my money back from him and a copy of my file. What should I do?