Family Law

Family law questions? Ask a family lawyer online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My lawyer has indicated in writing that she believes after a…

Customer Question
My lawyer has indicated in...
My lawyer has indicated in writing that she believes after a 4 way conference with my x her lawyer and my lawyer we have an agreement substitive in nature. Now the other lawyer wont return calls after numerous attempts. what is my option at this point as it appears my x and her lawyer is bleeding the fees (her and my lawyer) and not participating in good faith. How many days of this legally do I have to wait before forcing this to court and if so under what argurment (purposeful delay)?
Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 8 minutes by:
8/1/2017
Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 9 months ago
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 21,676
Experience: B.A.; M.B.A.; J.D.
Verified

Hello: This isCustomer Welcome to JustAnswer! I am reviewing your post, and I will post my response very shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 9 months ago

I am sorry to read about your difficulties.

If your calls or your Attorney's calls are not being returned by the opposing party, then you should consider the agreement null and void and proceed to Court for resolution of the case. Your reason would simply be that the parties could not negotiate a settlement and you now want the Court to decide the matter. You can also mention that you thought that agreement was reached. However, the other party has now refused further communications forcing you to look to Court for resolution of the issues.

Best wishes,

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
My concern is I paid counsel to hold this meeting to which we all parted in agreement as I heard from opposing counsel and my lawyer. I then pay my lawyer to draft the settlement to which we all were in agreement with and were putting it in writing. I am unjustly paying legal fees for prep, conference time, and writing a settlement all that ends in court. I am out a ton of money for the opposing counsel to play this game and not deal in good faith. What is the legal ethically obligation of opposing counsel to respond and not drag out an exercise in futility? This tactic could be used everytime to bleed legal fees knowing they never intended to settle and just wanted to cash in and draw out more financial pain.
Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 9 months ago

My concern is I paid counsel to hold this meeting to which we all parted in agreement as I heard from opposing counsel and my lawyer. I then pay my lawyer to draft the settlement to which we all were in agreement with and were putting it in writing. I am unjustly paying legal fees for prep, conference time, and writing a settlement all that ends in court. I am out a ton of money for the opposing counsel to play this game and not deal in good faith.

Response 1: I hear your frustrations. However, an agreement is by mutual consent of the parties to the agreement. If the other party to the proposed agreement has decided to withdraw her consent, you cannot force her to come to back to the table. Your only recourse would be to take the matter to Court and let the Court resolve the issue.

What is the legal ethically obligation of opposing counsel to respond and not drag out an exercise in futility? This tactic could be used everytime to bleed legal fees knowing they never intended to settle and just wanted to cash in and draw out more financial pain.

Response 2: An Attorney has legal obligation to be fair to the other parties in the case. However, if an Attorney continues to be unresponsive, the only way to get the Attorney's attention would be to take the issue to Court and ask for resolution from the Court.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Phillips Esq. Your Own Question
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 21,676
21,676 Satisfied Customers
Experience: B.A.; M.B.A.; J.D.

Phillips Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,875 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,025 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

6,562 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years legal experience including family law

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,415 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,398 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,787 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
My exwife hid her relationship from me. Myson also hid it.
My exwife hid her relationship from me. Myson also hid it. Is this considered parental alienation?… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
2,787 satisfied customers
I used mydivorcepapers.com to file my divorce in the state
I used mydivorcepapers.com to file my divorce in the state of Texas. The information for child custody and support is in the decree. Do I have to fill out and file any additional paperwork for child s… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,587 satisfied customers
My daughter has been playing with herself down there but she
my daughter has been playing with herself down there but she sticks her finger in takes it out smells it and than puts her finger in her mouth. She also trys to stick things in her private. I try to g… read more
Cherise Williams
Cherise Williams
Juris Doctor
50 satisfied customers
I'm not going to use my previous attorney anymore, and have
I'm not going to use my previous attorney anymore, and have 1 final issue to litigate. He sent me an email where he has written "My work for Mr. Lynch is concluded" which I can bring to the next court… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,930 satisfied customers
Need some CA family law questions answered, Many I work in a
Many I work in a Law office however I am prepping for my own trial, it is a weekend and need to have all pre-trial orders done and filed by Monday … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
How do you Request to “vacate” a judgement? Does it go to
How do you Request to “vacate” a judgement? Does it go to the same judge who created the order or a different judge?… read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,702 satisfied customers
My husband (of 20 years) was just served with a paternity
Hi, my husband (of 20 years) was just served with a paternity suit involving two children (9 and 4), from a woman he'd been having an extra-marital affair with. He doesn't know for certain whether he … read more
N.Brown ESQ
N.Brown ESQ
Juris Doctorate
104 satisfied customers
I'm a caregiver for a child in a CPS case. The child is my
I'm a caregiver for a child in a CPS case. The child is my brother's. I gave a statement in regards ***** ***** parents and how they interact with the children and the character/ behavior of the paren… read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,702 satisfied customers
Does the court look at income of each spouse and the current
Does the court look at income of each spouse and the current living situation in terms of calculating spousal support? Our current living situations will change for both of us at the time of divorce. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I left our family home in October 2017 because my Husband
I left our family home in October 2017 because my Husband refused to leave. I had $ in my business which allowed me to get an apartment and some minimal furniture. We are divorcing and he is still liv… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I want to adopt my daughter whio is an adult now I have
I want to adopt my daughter whio is an adult now I have beeen aroun her for 20 years and niow want to make it legal and she does too … read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
431 satisfied customers
I hope you can help me. I received a MA divorce summons,
Thanks. I hope you can help me. I received a MA divorce summons, accompanied by a motion for temporary orders. I do not contest the divorce. However, one of the temporary orders says: "Grant mother so… read more
Cherise Williams
Cherise Williams
Juris Doctor
50 satisfied customers
My husband is US citizen and I am permanent card holder. We
My husband is US citizen and I am permanent green card holder. We stayed together from June 2014 till February 2018. I moved out of my husband's house in NJ as I got a job in Dallas, TX on Feb 27th, 2… read more
Guillermo Senmartin
Guillermo Senmartin
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctor
27,426 satisfied customers
8 years ago, a woman invited my father to live with her,
8 years ago, a woman invited my father to live with her, taking him from free housing at a house that I own. Shortly thereafter she started having him sign checks which she then entered amounts and to… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,415 satisfied customers
My daughter and her boyfriend have separated. He up and
My daughter and her boyfriend have separated. He up and moved out and took the child without notice. What are our options? No custody agreement or plan in place they were living in New Hampshire and h… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
29,835 satisfied customers
I have a family law emergency. I live in Minnesota and need
I have a family law emergency. I live in Minnesota and need to get my guardianship terminated asap. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
My spouse has been seeing a therapist now for 1.5 years and
My spouse has been seeing a therapist now for 1.5 years and pays $190 an hour twice a month. Money is paid from our marital property. I asked that I be informed of the problem. We were in marital coun… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,930 satisfied customers
My question is to you'll I've custody of my niece for the
Good Morning my name is ***** ***** question is to you'll I've custody of my niece for the last 8 years and now I would like to return her back to her mom. what I need to do so things can go, smoothy,… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,587 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x