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My next question is: what do I do after the retainer I pd my attorney is gone? I have a $600 balance left and I cannot afford thousands more, or even a thousand more. I filed, with divorce papers, 6 months ago, for my husband to pay legal fees for me or pay some of fees. The subject has not been brought up yet. What would a judge say if I simply said I have no attorney, I cannot afford one.
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The Court appoints an Attorney only for criminal defendants, not in civil cases, so the Judge is not going to do anything if you tell him you have no money for an Attorney. The attorney to whom you paid the $3,000 retainer had an obligation to you to file a Petition for Interim Counsel Fees which he should have filed by now. Since he has not filed this Petition, you should tell him or her that you have no more money and you thought that they would have filed the Petition for Interim Counsel Fees by now and since they have not done so, they must do it now. If they file a Petition for Leave to Withdraw because they have not been paid, you should oppose the Petition and tell the Court that you asked the Attorney to file a Petition for Interim Counsel Fees and you should not be penalized now by allowing the Attorney to withdraw from your case and leaving you unrepresented simply because the Attorney did not do their job in filing the Petition for Interim Counsel Fees,
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