I volunteered for an attorney and researched a case. I was
I volunteered for an attorney and researched a case. I was not paid and did not learn anything about the case that could be deemed confidential or privaledged because opposing council proffered no sworn testimony or discovery. What I learned about the plaintiffs case came to me either from the public domain or the client or his friends. I recently elected to end my assistance to this attorney because of irreconcilable differences. Soon thereafter, the client called me to ask about his case. I told him I was no longer on the case and what I last knew about it's status; that being that it likely would be dismissed by the lower court and would have to be appealed to continue. I did not tell him that the reason for dismissal .JA: What state is this in? And can you tell me a little more about the charge?Customer: ....though it likely would be failure to prosecute, failure to serve, failure to join neccesary parties, failure to do anything that could be reasonably calculated to lead to meaningful discovery etc. The lazy attorney did nothing and it was only because the judge called for a status meeting two years after it was initially filled that he (me really) revisited the case where he totally dropped the ball in nearly any way one could think of on this case. The client's injury occured in W Va though he and his attorney -- who is liscensed to practice in PA and WVa, reside in pennsylvania, I do not believe it is in this client's best interests to remain with this attorne if his initial case is dismissed if at all. Another attorney in West Virginia the incompetent attorney attached to the case after I began rsearching it is highly competent and will benefit the client whether the case is appealed or allowed to proceed. The parties alledgedly (and I believe rightfully) liable for the client's injury, one of whom was properly served -- though the incompetent attorney didn't know it until their council showed up when the judge called him in -- are incredibly wealthy and prominent and were the case prosecuted given the client's damages and the circumstances of the injury were the case handled properly would have given him a realistic shot at an eight figure settlement because the set of likely guilty parties are famous and the damage to their brand would've been worth a great deal versus the risk this case being tried. Sooo,,, I want to help the client and I am not sure of the best way to do it as a non-attorney but here is what I am thinking. If the client's case goes appelate, I believe he should fire his PA attorney and get a new PA attorney well- suited both to aid his west virginia case and, if it does not suceed, to file a legal malpractice case against the incompentent attorney. If the case is not dismissed, I think he should stick with the incompetent attorney who under the supervision of the W Va one will do a better job going forward. How do you think he should proceed? I know he has (or may have had) a big money liability case and that he has the makings of a great legal malpractice case. I want to steer him right so justice is served.but in this middle ground where the case has neither been tried nor completely ruined the answers for him are not exactly clear to me. TIA for any information that will help me guide him better than the incompetent attorney. ,JA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: A complaint was filed in the intial case three years ago.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No
I have a restraining order and I received a letter in the
I have a restraining order and I received a letter in the mail from for a deposition from there client which is the respondant , I wasnt sure if that is mandatory or if I just need to wait for the court date which is in about 2 weeks. Hi there : )JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Yes thanks so much, FLoridaJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: On my side or his side ? I did the restraining order and then a day later I got a letter in the mail saying " Notice of taking petitioners deposition" and it says May 1st at 10:00 am , and this is from his lawyer , so Iw asnt sure if that is mandatory sinceJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Umm no, but can you explain to me how this works? thank you
I received a notice of oral hearing on plaintiffs
I received a notice of oral hearing on plaintiffs interlocutory motion for summary judgementJA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TexasJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: YesJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Yes, I am now divorced and this debt was given to her.
I and the other party settled a lawsuit which was dismissed
I and the other party settled a lawsuit which was dismissed afterwards. The other party (husband and wife) were irrational, irritable, dishonest (they even lie under oath in court hearing), bully, shamelessly greedy (the wife), and threatened me before. Now I have to renegotiate settlement agreement with their attorney, but it is likely the other party will get irrational and irritable again and threat or harm me. Wondered what should I say or do to avoid making them irrational and irritable as much as possible? Thanks.
More an ethics question than one of legality. A friend at
Hi. More an ethics question than one of legality. A friend at work is on extended jury duty for a civil trial. Although she is following the rules and hasn' say anything about the case, (nor have I asked) she did say it was interesting to hear the testimony. Out of curiousity, I got on our local court's website and found the case, (given its length it was pretty easy), and downloaded some of the more interesting looking documents that are publically available on my home computer. I haven't shared this with her nor do I intend to--it was just to satisfy my own compulsive curiosity. After I looked up the case, I felt kind of odd--like I telling a secret. Am I okay from an ethics standpoint?JA: What city and state is this in?Customer: Santa Ana, CAJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Not sure what you mean? You can click on the court calendar, find a case, and load documents the court makes available to the public.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Nope
I share a propane tank with another tenant. That was not
I share a propane tank with another tenant. That was not disclosed in the lease, nor that I would be subsidizing her propane use. The landlord said I had to put the bill in my name, and he would pay $100 of my propane. I guess he thought incorrectly that would cover her use.In fact, she went through 80% of the $800 tank herself in a month, according to the meter. So the landlord expects me to pay $700, when my actual use was $160.Here is my question. How do I prove the meter readings? Who's testimony about that is the best to use?
I have to quash or vacate a subpoena,? Rec'd from my cable
I have to quash or vacate a subpoenaJA: Was this a subpoena for records or for testimony?Customer: ? Rec'd from my cable companyJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Letter states I have to file the motion and send proof of this to my cable company before the 5th Just don't know how I go about itJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No ma'am
I was involved 4 way stop sign mva. my truck was hitted by
i was involved 4 way stop sign mva. my truck was hitted by by a chevy car on the driver side. both vehicle air bay deployed. there was one pedistran told the police i did not stop the stop sign. police was called in because of the accident. police wrote a ticket said i did not obey the stop sign .How a police believed a pedestrian instead of me?JA: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: maywood illinoisJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: yes a collision reported was filedJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: when I go to court is the judge going to favor the police accusation. since he was not there during the scene.
I am a 71 year old Accounting Professor. I would like to sue
I am a 71 year old Accounting Professor. I would like to sue a student for libel and slander. Any experience doing such?JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state you're in?Customer: PAJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Yes after 44 years of college teaching a student of Mexican background lied that I said something in class. This has affected me both emotionally and financially. The University EOCC attorney there did their biased investigation and said IT IS MORE LIKELY THAN NOT I AM in so many words guilty. I offered to pay for a Lie Detector exam with all communications going between the firm and University. They ignored my offerJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: This incident took place the morning after Trump won the election at 8 am. Before I started class I jokingly told a different student that I won $1,000 betting on the election in Vegas. When this same student ask who I bet on I said Trump. He accused me of saying "are you going home to Mexico on your break?"; what I said was simply "where are you from before I started class.