My former attorney (law firm) is threatening to sue me for what they consider and outstanding bill.I was paid my attorney what was due at that time. With my payment, I informed my attorney that I had run out of money, and would be unable to utilize their services any longer. However, even after my attorney knew I had no more money, and that I could no longer use their services, they claim they continued to work on my case, and charged me an additional 1,700.00 in fees. Remember.... this was AFTER I told them I could no longer use their services because I had no more money.What can I do about this situation?Kind Regards
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Minnesota
This is my first attempt at getting assistance
You can request fee arbitration with the district state bar association. See this link.The only other alternative is to defend the lawsuit, which is difficult to do, unless you have a lawyer, or file bankruptcy. If you have no assets and only a job, then you could probably file a "do-it-yourself" bankruptcy and that would wipe out the obligation to the attorney. However, the filing fees for a bankruptcy are around $400 (though, if you're totally broke you can avoid the fees, by asking the court to proceed "in forma pauperis" (in poverty). See this link for a "how-to" book.Otherwise, you could offer the attorney the same $400 to settle the matter -- but, you need to get it in writing before you pay, otherwise the attorney could take your money and the sue you for the remaining $1,300.I think that about covers all of the possible options. Please let me know if I can clarify or assist you further. NOTICE: My goal here is to entertain while educating the public about the law. I hope my answer is useful and informative to you. During our conversation, the website may ask you to rate my answer. If you rate my answer lower than the middle rating, then the website retains your entire payment, and I receive nothing. It is entirely your choice as to how you rate my answer. However, because your payment to me is in the nature of a donation/gift, rather than as compensation for any services rendered, you are entitled to know how your rating affects the final distribution of your donation. If you need to contact me again, please put my user id at the beginning of your question ("To Socrateaser"), and the system will send me an alert. Please Click the following link for IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION. Thanks and best wishes!
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