Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When "we the people" have legal matters that cannot be worked out on our own, we need to turn to a trusting source to help us fight for our rights. Unfortunately, this seems to be like a HUGE GAMBLE that we are taking. Often we end up investing all of our money into one trusted source hoping to find justice and compensation in the end. Frequently attorney fees can lead to financial devastation with little results. Of course everyone wants to make money so in a lot of cases people will try to lure you in by telling you exactally what you want to hear. How do we believe them? Even highly educated people will take advantage of you if they know you are vulnerable. Not everybody has time and money to keep fighting! When a business or firm accepts you in as a paying client they should be legally obligated to serve you accordingly, and apparently they are. However, if they are lawyers they already know how much they can get away with. They have the ability to charge you high fees and keep you on a low priority level at the same time. Chances are, if someone is going through a nasty divorce they have faught long enough, until the point of reaching the end of thier rope. Someone filing for divorce is tired of fighting before the fight even begins! When seeking out legal representation you are now relying on the law to help you get your life back. What if you are not lucky enough to find a compassionate, honest lawyer? What do you do if you are going on three years since you filed for divorce, you have already emptied all your accounts to pay your attorney fees as requested, and you do not even know if your lawyer is doing anything to move foward because you cannot get in touch with anyone at her office. Also you have questions, concerns, and have not received any returned calls or emails going on three to four months. Infact your "hopefully soon to be x husband" knows more about what is on your lawyers agenda then you do! Scary huh??? At this point you are thinking.... Is my lawyer in cahoots with my husbands lawyer?...Has she been offered more money to prolong actions or join his team? Has my lawyer ran off with my money?.... Has she gone out of business? There are a few actions you can take, start by visiting www.WeThePeople.com and the Florida Bar. However if you are out of funds and time, starting over may not be possible! Having a higher authority get intouch with your attorney for you, may really make her mad and withdraw from your case. Even if you want to fire her, all she has to do is write an itemized bill stating she earned all her fees to date and you will not get your money back! You also have it in the back of your mind, that MAYBE, she IS working on it, perhaps it is coming to a wrap soon! Taking actions against her at this time could harm your case results. But what do you do in the meantime, starve in suspense? How much longer could this go on? As with any business, serving paying clients, there must be some professional ethics involved here. How should an attorney treat their client? Again, the answer is communicate with the client! Prepare the client by telling them what to expect,keep them informed of any upcoming events or proceedings, what documents they may need to get together to be prepared for the trial. Also, explain time frames, such as how long it could take the courts to set a trial date and/or why it is taking so long? What the next step is, and/or how close you maybe coming to the end! Answer your clients questions, concerns,emails, or phone calls, atleast within 48 hours. Tell the client not to worry, that you are on it and will fight for her and make sure she is treated fairly. ect. This is what my mother has been going through! Reading up on the legal guidelines is all I can do for now. Although I know she needs so much help in dealing with this unfortunate situation, she is afraid to take any action. Mom is forbidding me to blog or reach out for help for her, as she is very humble, and for fear it may hurt her case. But at the same time she suffers, with no income from her husband. She deserves to be stress free and relax! Her car is broken down, she has no home to call her own, and her bills are piling up around her! She needs hearing aids and dental care, and just basic necessities. My mother is 76 years old as I stated in my first blog, the stress of all this is just breaking her down so quickly! Some nights she states how she doesn't even want to wake up from her sleep! Any suggestions, support, or free council would be much appreciated!! Thank you for reading!!