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On May 15 2013 i hired a lawyer to represent me in my bitter

landlord tenant litigation. He promised...
On May 15 2013 i hired a lawyer to represent me in my bitter landlord tenant litigation. He promised me an aggressive, professional, top notch representation - in fact he is #1 in the area. However, i have not heard from him ever since, For almost 11 weeks ALL my emails and phone calls go unresponded to, except once he emailed me that he has been busy with other clients, and then is off on vacation.
the 11 weeks that passed not only delayed my suit by that time, which also means additional 3 months of escrowed monies, which is a huge sum (the judge ordered the rent money in escrow until the stabilization is determined and the rent is set). it also means additional 11 weeks of landlord harassment, and he has been vicious.
Bt the most important issue is the that my attorney failed to deposit my money in escrow! It is 2 weeks overdue now, violating the judge's order, and possibly jeorpadizing my case! i emailed him 4 times and called him 2 to tell him to deposit the check (copies of emails saved, messages taped). he never responded, and the check has not been deposited.
So are the attorney's actions, apart from negligence, qualified as malpractice at this point? he is quite aware of the repercussions of missing escrow dates, and at this point is is two weeks. Is my case going to be jeopardized in court by this, even if I show that it is the attorney's conduct, not my negligence, that resulted in failure to deposit money into escrow? what recourse do I have at this point? Grievance procedure takes up to 45 days. how can I get him straightened out? Can some institution put pressure on his to get his act toegtehr and start working on my case? thank you.
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INFOLAWYER :

Hello and thank you for the question.

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I am sorry to hear your lawyer is not acting as you rightly expect

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You have a couple of options in straightening him out

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you may threaten legal action or replacement

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there is also a state disciplinary bar

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which reviews clients complaints

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the state bar does not look kindly on mismanagement of client funds

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and lawyer can be suspended and even disbarred for it

Customer:

i threatened him already with disciplinary actions, and gave bad review online. he does not flinch. Is disciplinary bar the same as disciplinary committee? It takes then 30-45 days to review

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Yes, that is the one

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and that is the general review time

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another option is having another lawyer write him and demand the compliance

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then he will see you are serious

Customer:

i sent the check by regular mail, but I have emailed him mulitple times and called him so that can be proven, and he didnt repond. Can I prove I sent him the check b indicating that i communicated to him 6 times about the check and he didnt respond? Also with my previous lawyere tehre have never been any problems depositing my check and I also sent the check regular way

INFOLAWYER :

Yes, that helps

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the repeated communications

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You have the options I outlined above

Customer:

can a regular lawyer demand another lawyer's compliance? does it take a special kind of an attorney to do that?

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you may also continue to press him

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any lawyer can do it

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but

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it is always better to have a lawyer with experience in legal malpractice

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take the lead in doing so

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who may also have contacts with the disciplinary bar

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to expedite review

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I wish you the best of luck

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I trust the answer is clear, and would ask that you rate it as an excellent answer in rating

Customer:

thank you

INFOLAWYER :

very welcome

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