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I am so sorry to hear about how your lawyer mishandled your case.
How much have you paid her so far ?
I paid 3, 800
Oops, ma'am it was a non refundable retainer fee. Im sorry I realized I left that out
Dear Ereka, Thank you for your additional information, and no problem. We have Rules that govern these situations and in most States, the Attorney Disciplinary Board, the Committee that constantly looks over our shoulder, does not permit an Attorney to collect from a client anything even remotely related to a "Non-refundable" fee
"So I have no lawsuit but she says I still owe the rest of 5000. Can she sue me even though she messed up my case."
Not only do you not owe her any more money, but you should immediately take the following steps,
1. Make written demand for a full refund;
2. Immediately find a lawyer experienced in legal malpractice litigation;
3. Report her to the Maryland Attorney Disciplinary Board
1. The Maryland Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct and Disciplinary Rules prohibit an attorney from keeping any part of a fee which they have not earned. I do not know what her hourly rate is, but I seriously doubt that she earned $5,000 simply for drafting a Complaint. Even so, I can tell that she is not very experienced because most Attorneys usually take these cases on a contingent fee which means that the client does not have any out of pocket legal fees or expenses and the lawyer gets paid from any settlement, judgment, or verdict in favor of the client;
2. The manner in which this lawyer mishandled your case amounts to legal malpractice. You should sue her for the amount you would have received had the lawyer not mishandled your case. You can call the Maryland Bar Association, tell them what your situation is and ask for the names of a few lawyers with experience in legal malpractice litigation;
3. The fact that the lawyer is demanding payment for work she did not do, but also caused you to lose your case because of the Statute of Limitations, is enough of a reason to report her to the Maryland Attorney Disciplinary Board/Grievance Committee. Here is their Official Website where you will find their contact information and an Official Complaint Form:
Maryland Attorney Grievance Committee - http://www.courts.state.md.us/attygrievance/complaint.html
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Thank u so much f
or your excellent service and response. I am doing the happy dance right now. Lol.
You are very welcome, Ereka, It was my pleasure
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