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Thank you Barrister.
Ms. Zhu is in need of a lawyer who can pursue her case on her behalf. She lives in Chengdu and can't come to the US to pursue it herself. To make matters worse, she tells me that because she's been financially wiped out by this, she wants to pay the legal fees out of the money resulting from a court judgement. That may be a long shot but she still wants to try so that she can pay her medical bills.
Chinese courts will do nothing with the defendant a US citizen. The IOU is written in Chinese and was signed by the defendant in China. Is this covered under US law? If so, does a court case need to be opened in the county where the defendant lives? Her only US friends are in California. Finally, what lawyers might actually take up such a case?
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They screen their attorneys based on geographic location, area of practice, time in practice, cost and customer reviews. She would be looking for a civil litigation attorney to help with suing the other person.
But as you probably already understand, it may be a long shot in getting an attorney to take the case without a retainer up front.