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12 years is obviously a very long time for a lawsuit to be pending.
The best way to get results is to write the attorney a letter and inform him that you are frustrated with the handling of the case and demand an update and a game plan from him to get this resolved asap. You can also inform the attorney that if he doesn't respond, that you'll have no choice but to file a complaint with the Puerto Rico Bar Assn: http://www.prba.net/
Does it ever take that long for a lawyer to get documentation? This is on an inheritance, my grandfather died without a will and it just a bond plus two houses but I don't understand what the property has to do with the whole bond issue.
Most of the time, the threat of a bar complaint is the worst news a lawyer can hear, and this should result in some action from him.
I've never had a case where it took this type of time to get something accomplished. I assume it is possible, but not probable at all.
I verbally told him about the ethics committee in Puerto Rico but I guess that was not good enough.
The problem is that the lawyer is not communicating with you - - and that's a huge "no no" for lawyers to do to their client.
A certified letter is the best medicine, and if that doesn't work, you can go forward with your complaint.
thank you will try this.