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An attorney advised me not to sign an agreement with the Planning Department on paying a penalty of $1500. The Planning Department was willing do cancel a hearing to collect this money. The attorney said not to sign the agreement, and he would go to the hearing. Now the attorney wants about $4,000. in a few weeks time, to prepare for the next hearing. I realize now I should have paid the Planning Department the $1500. vs. paying an attorney about $4000. that has done nothing for me to date. I believe it was bad advise. Am I obligated to pay the attorney for this bad advise?
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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You can also call me if you wish. #831(###) ###-#### ***** I still have to pay the Planning Department the $1500. And $4000. to the attorney for bad advise. I feel the attorney should have told me how much it would add up to in just a few weeks if I hired him. He should have told me to pay the $1500. in penalties because hiring him would cost a lot more. Then I would have made the decision to pay the $1500 in penalties to the Planning Department and be done with it. Now what do I do? Thank you, Jeanell
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