Have had a collection agency doing work for me an a debt from a firm in branson mo.. They hired a law firm out of St. Louis to collect the debt. The law firm was sent info. that I sent to collection ageny to them and they procceded to sue. A bit of past history. I filled a small claims case against them, and judge ordered in to be set for arbitration in 30 days. After the 30 days ---really 45-50 days , I wrote to the court seeking a new trial date which the judge dismissed w/o pred. and judge said I should sue them to recover my funds. Thus enters collection agency. In the suit the attr. argued that they had an opportunity to go to arbitration but did'nt therefore lost there rights to do so. Judge disagreed and sent back for arbitration. Currently in limbo as collection agency won't pay for arb. costs and there attr. won't go to arbitration w/o arb. fees plus hr'ly rate. Not sure if collection ageny informed there attr. of all facts but I tried to talk to them but was told since I did'nt hire them they could'nt talk to me. Guess my question is can I hire an attr. in Mo. to take to arbitration or better yet redo the entire process and start over since the St. louis attr. started the ball rolling. Basically not happy with St. louis attr. progress and fees, but he does'nt work for me. Being retained by collection agency I'm guessing he was to get a % of collection fee.Hope some of this makes sence. Its been a long drawn out process. Can you recommend an attr. from Mo. thats honest and not overly pricey? Guess a lot of ?'s in one ?
State/Country relating to question: Missouri
Small claims case
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Guess at this point I'm looking for guidence. I'm sure the case could/should have been handled differently but I doubt if things can be changed at this point.
For clarification the contract signed had an arbitration clause in it but the recission to cancellation had a stipulation in it that if unit did'nt sell then the contract was voided or did'nt want
You may have had confusion regarding the role of the attorney. You indicate the other parties attorney was not satisfactory. You are correct that the attorney did not represent you and this is why they did not assist you. Your best option would be to seek out a consumer protection attorney in Missouri. A great way to do that is by using the lawyer referral service of the bar association which will match you with an attorney meeting yours needs. The program will typically also allow for a reduced initial consultation fee. The link to that program is:
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What happens if another attorney takes over ? With the previous attr.? With the courts?
Since its an arbitration do I need an attr. or would some one of lesser qualifications work?
Where there is previous representation, the previous attorney has an obligation to provide required information and otherwise should assist in the transition. Where a court is involved, withdrawal or substitution is required. That means a court must approve the change, in essence. Legal representation is only permitted by a licensed attorney in the state and is not permitted by lessor qualified persons.
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