Along with two other partners we engaged an Illinois firm for services that totaled $$50,000 over time. Two of us (one of the other two partners and I) methodically paid one-third shares of the total amount ($16.6) and the law firm accepted that approach for months/years while we were making payments in that manner (⅓ portions) and we provided spreadsheets detailing the contributions of each partner against their ⅓ share of expenses. Meanwhile, the third partner paid zero over this extended time 5 years. The law firm has chased the third partner, however is now implying they will sue each/all of us for the unpaid amount. The initial engagement letter does not explicitly detail that each of us is responsible for any unpaid amounts, the only terms it details is their hourly rate. In fact there are no terms/expectation for time frames, amount of payments required each month etc…no terms. I have pushed back the attorney on this 'contract' issue (lack of detail re payment terms and/or individual obligations for fees) and his position is that the document does not say we are each, only responsible for one-third of the bill. I've said, conversely, that the agreement does not specifically state that I am responsible for any unpaid portion after paying my one-third share. The firm now indicates they will sue us. What is the legal reality of our situation and/or what position can I take having, in good faith, paid off my portion nearly 4 years ago. Regards
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