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I will be as brief as possible. Three years ago an attorney represented / negotiated a lease for my father. The attorney was paid for his services. The original lease has expired and a new company is wanting a lease agreement with my father and he reached out to the same attorney. My father has not signed any thing regarding this attorney representing him but the attorney has done some preliminary negotiations on my father's behalf. We are now wanting to terminate our relationship and simply want to pay the attorney for his time working on this matter. Can you confirm this lawyer has no grounds to sue my father?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

We are in California however the attorney and property involved is in West Virginia

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No, it has all been back and forth between the landman and Right of way representative - preliminary negotiations

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

My father has signed no documents / lease or representation agreement

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Not quite following... what would he sue dad for? Other than of course if dad doesn't pay for the prelim work I'm assuming he asked for.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My father is concerned that he would sue for "breach of contract" for lack of a better description for his worry. He says he gave his word when speaking to this attorney so he apparently feels that gives the attorney a legal leg to stand on. We have tried to explain we plan on paying him for his time and services but want to discontinue working with him
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Can you confirm that we need to send a letter dismissing him and asking for an accounting of his services so we may pay him we are then in no way obligated to this attorney any further?

You do not owe an attorney money if you ask him not to work certain hours - or more hours than you want. You can tell him to stop any time you want.

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And, yes, you need to send a letter telling him to discontinue working if that's what you want - but you probably also want to tell him by phone so he doesnt work for several more days and charge you for that.

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