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How do I get my money back from a lawyer that was a no show at my hearing.

Lawyer's Assistant: We have a 30 day refund policy so you can simply email***@******.*** and they will try to fix your problem or refund your money.

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Florida

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I went for a domestic hearing and the lawyer I paid never showed and I got the shaft.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: Lucy, Esq., Attorney replied 9 months ago
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Hi,

I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

How much did you pay the lawyer? Was the agreement for hourly work, a flat rate, or on contingency?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
2000.00 a flat rate
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
you are all the same.
Lawyer: Lucy, Esq., Attorney replied 9 months ago

I'm confused. Are you saying you don't want an answer from me?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Got tired of waiting. I'll take your advice.
Lawyer: Lucy, Esq., Attorney replied 9 months ago

Thank you.

Since you paid him to do the work and he didn't do it, you're entitled to a refund. He may be allowed to keep some of the money for the work he did do, but he wouldn't get the full amount of he missed the hearing. The first step is often a demand letter to see if you can come to an agreement about what he owes you. That's not required, but it can help.

For $2,000, you're within the Small Claims Court limit. Most Small Claims cases in Florida are resolved with a mediator, not in front of a judge. Your local court will have forms you can fill out to start a case, and you're allowed to ask for the lawyer to reimburse your filing fees as part of your damages. Here is more information on the process.

http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/small-claims.stml

If you lost the case because your lawyer didn't show up and you couldn't get a continuance, you may also have a claim for malpractice. Malpractice damages are the money you lost because your lawyer failed to meet the standard of care he owed you as a client. That could include the cost of hiring another lawyer to fix the problem, if it's fixable, or other damages.

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