Yes, I have, but the Bar Association recommended that I did not, since we are at the very last hour. I am still considering it, however. If I DO fire him, can he hold up my inheritance or put a lien on it, and if so, how long would this process take before I can access my money?
Thank you. I am concerned that this process may cause him to put a lien on my inheritance, and/or cause a long delay in my receiving it. What can I expect if I do take your advice, and is there anything more I can do to receive proper legal help? I live in Hawaii and the matter is taking place in Massachusetts, and I have to either file a Notice of Appearance and Objection, or ignore my brother's (the Executor) lawyer's Citation for Petition for Order of Complete Settlement of Estate, since I refused to sign an Assent that my brother has revealed all assets (he hasn't) and that I release him from future investigation. There is $800,000 that has not been revealed. Thank you!
P.S. I need to send the MPC505A by Overnight Delivery before 4 p.m. Hawaiian Time (it is now Sunday evening, 8:19 p.m. here) I'm sorry for the short notice; I just found your site an hour ago, and many thanks for a rush reply, if possible!
Please allow me to stop you right there, at least for the moment--I just wanted to clarify that while I am a licensed attorney, I am not your attorney, and what I provide is not 'legal advice'. This is legal information that is designed to help you make a decision, but if you are seeking actual legal advice, consider retaining local counsel to assist you.
As for receiving proper legal help, typically probate is not considered high priority for LegalAid especially if you could retain the original attorney. That entity tends to focus on family and matrimonial issues, criminal matters, and landlord-tenant as those areas tend to be considered more indispensable. If you are seeking counsel, please consider browsing and hiring someone else, potentially after reviewing sites such as www.avvo.com and www.martindale.com. If you find someone locally, they could send you over a power of attorney and represent you directly. Plus, you can review their past client testimonials and see for yourself if this is a good fit.
Thank you. Are you able to answer my question about whether or not this lawyer could delay my inheritance or put a lien on it?
Sure thing and sorry I did not mention it. An attorney could potentially place a request to the opposing counsel about the underlying debt and request the he first be paid, or that the inheritance go to him so that he could remove his obligation and pay you the rest. Likewise if he can provide a valid contract, he could use that as a means of placing a lien against the amount. You could likewise fight it, but it may take time to get it resolved.
That seems likely, I'm sure he will do just that, and that is very bad news, but thank you Dimitry, I greatly appreciate your help. If you feel called to elaborate further, please do, and have a great day!
I honestly do not know this person and cannot assume what he will do, but in terms of later justifying his actions, if he is unable to provide proof and evidence of any work, pursuing such a lien may not really be very productive for him. It may work short-term but long term it would give you a basis to pursue him for damages. Good luck and kindly do not forget to positively rate my answers so I can obtain credit for my work.
That was invaluable, Dimitry, I am very very satisfied with your help, and will rate your service Excellent! I will sign up for a membership, and will be sure to request you! Many thanks, again!
Thank you, Dimitry, I meant it, you really did help me quite a lot. I won't hesitate to contact you again when I need more help in the future. I hope you have a great week, too!
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