I had to file a lawsuit to get the person I borrowed $2505 from, to sign my property deed back to me, after I paid the loan
back. He intended on keeping it out of spite, per an email he sent to my brother, even though I threatened to sue him & collect legal fees. July 20, He did turn over a Quick Claim Deed to my attorney after the suit was filed, and after I had already gave thousands of dollars to the attorney. I asked the attorney if I was going to have to collect this in the same manner that credit card debt is collected, meaning, on my own in pursuit of the legal fees. I was told that we could file Summary Judgment
, which would cost me more money, but it was guaranteed that I would get my money back. I agreed, but the amount I was awarded was over $2k less than what I paid the attorney, and the procedure for collecting from the defendant, was no different than what I asked about. There is no guarantee of collecting, and when I asked my attorney what the purpose was for filing Summary Judgment, he said that's the only way I would have received a Judgment, as that is the process. However, I went online and found the Minutes from the court and it said that filing for Summary Judgment was an overkill, since the deed was already signed. From that & other info I read about the process, am I correct to understand that I could have requested legal fees, without filing for Summary Judgment, or would I not have been able to get a Judgment without it? Was the Judge saying I should have just been happy with my deed and let the fees go? Is that what he meant by overkill? Also, is there a way I can collect the amount of legal fees that I did not get awarded for, as not all of my fees were included in the Summary Judgment, as it was a request for $4603 & my bill from the attorney was $5873 + I paid another attorney $375 to send the defendant a demand letter, which my current attorney told me I could absolutely collect, in addition to his fees, in the Summary Judgement, but the $4603 he itemized as what I was due did not include the $375, or all of the fees that I had even incurred with him, at the time he filed. My attorney did knock off $500 after I told him what the Minutes said, but the Summary Judgment did not do what he guaranteed it to do, so I feel that he owes me a refund on what I paid for that portion of his bill, which is in the neighborhood of $2k, not $500. I'm confused on the Summary Judgment and the necessity of filing it. Lot of info here, so anything you can provide info on, I truly appreciate. Thank you.