Can I fire my lawyer? Do I have to take him to court?

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Old Mar 31st, 2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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I have a guardianship case that has taken over 13 months when my lawyer initially told me it would take at most 120 days. I have to call him literally 10 times to get him to call me back, and it is usually months in between the times he calls me. I have already contacted the Bar (and I told him I was doing this) to no avail. In 13 months I have only signed 2 documents and he has never asked for anything else from me. I don't think he has done ANYTHING on my case the entire time. Every time I talk to him, he tells me he is sending me paperwork that I never recieve. I paid him $1700 back in March 2007. I am at the point where I am almost willing to fire him and just take the loss, but then there is the principle of the matter. Do I have the right to get my money back since nothing has been done on my case? Do I have to take him to court to get my money back? He is in FL and I am in AZ. Please help!
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Old Mar 31st, 2008, 11:15 PM   #2
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You can ask for an accounting of time spent and then seek a refund or change to a better lawyer...

Also try calling every day three times a day--it does work with the ones that will not respond. It is a shame you have to do so but it often does work.
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I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with your attorney. Bad service shall cost lawyers!
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Iím sorry you had such a bad experience with your attorney. I suggest you place your frank feedback at LawyersReputation.com, a free online directory where companies check feedback on lawyers before making a decision whether to hire them or not. Bad service shall cost lawyers!
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