Consumer Protection Law
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
When you say that you talked to someone at the State Bar, do you mean that you filed an official complaint? Did they close out your investigation? What, if anything, did they say about the money you paid him?
When you say you have a conversation saying there's no basis for your claim, do you mean in the original lawsuit, or a claim against the lawyer now?
Thank you. If you talked to someone with the CAP program, but they didn't do a full dispute resolution, you can still request assistance through the bar's fee dispute resolution program. Here is more information on that:
That program is there for the benefit of the consumer. You do not have to use it if you're not comfortable working through the state bar association. The other option is to file a Small Claims Court suit against the lawyer for the amount you paid. The judge will listen to evidence from both sides, review any paperwork either of you have, and decide whether the lawyer is entitled to keep what you paid him.
This site can help direct you to the appropriate Small Claims Court forms for your county.
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