My relationship with my attorney has been more than normal. She had me going to her church. Attended parties at her home and even watched her children for her on a few occasions. Just recently she asked me to pray for opposing counsels terminally husband as she had had personnal conversations with opposing counsel. When it became clear that she could not pray away the gay in me our relationship changed. we schedule a meeting with my ex-husband and his attorney and I asked her if she was sure she could represent me and she said yes. The meeting was a disaster when she said sharing a bed with my partner and having my daughter come in the morning to say good morning was indefensible. Needless to say she shut down and did not represent me the remainder of the meeting. Two days later in the middle of negotiating she resigned and had me a $2000.00 bill. Am I obligated to pay this? After four years of her representation it is very difficult to find another attorney and bring them up to speed in a very short time.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Georgia
To get her to finish this negotiations while I find new representation butane refused.
Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma. You have every right to refuse to pay the bill. Her conduct amount amounts to Breach of Contract, duty to her client, and malpractice. Your options now are to demand she get her act together if she expects to be paid and proceed to represent you, or preferably find new counsel to take over. She is not likely to sue you for the fees since she is exposed to a claim of malpractice and a disciplinary complaint to the state bar. So the choice is yours if you want to negotiate with her on fees and continued professional work, or refuse to pay anything and obtain new counsel.
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