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Old 06-02-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Hi. I am going through a divorce and the lawyer, who is representing me, is asking me for additional money. I already paid him $3,000 retainer and now he is asking for an additional retainer, $2,000-$3,000. I told him I am too broke to pay you right now, but I will try to get some money for you. He said he would have to withdraw if I do not pay him. I do not know what to do.

Are there organizations/agencies that can help?
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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If the divorce is not contested, you and your soon to be ex-wife can file yourself. Do you have minor children? If so then it is worth it to pony up for the lawyer.
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Austin
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If nothing is being fought over, there are many attorneys who do a flat-fee divorce for like $500-1000 total.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cincy
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He is robbing you most likely, divorces for the most part are nothing but paperwork, which you can do yourself. I would ask to account for what he did to earn the initial retainer.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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call the bar association and see what they have to say about his conduct---
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Lawyers have to pay their mortgage with money just like everybody else. Nobody works for free.

$3,000 for a divorce? Some divorce lawyers charge that much for an initial consultation.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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and some lawyers do it on a flat fee that is negotiated up front--
obviously the poster has no clue why the attorney asked for more money and he obviously has limited budget--don't you think those factors should have been discussed so that the client understood what HIS obligations financially would be?
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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call the bar association and see what they have to say about his conduct---
This is standard procedure for most attorneys. They will bleed you dry. Total fees for our divorce were over 80k. The legal work was horrendous.

Here's a fact you should be aware of too, Texas does not require attorneys to carry malpractice insurance. My attorney stole expert witness money and never hired the expert. Shocking surprise the thief had no malpractice insurance. He died before Tarrant County could complete their investigation. I think the raid on his office caused his heart attack.

Steer clear of divorce attorneys. Resolve your issues through mediation if necessary. It's a a lot cheaper. If you hire a divorce attorney they will make you go to mediation anyway. Just cut the attorney out.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Shady Drifter
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Pretty sure this has all been resolved in the past 8 years.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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Stay away from divorce lawyers. They milk it to the maximum extend.

If you read up in the internet, you could get all the forms online and file everything yourself directly to the court. As long as you both mutually agree to split all assets without conflict, there is no reason to get a lawyer involved. Lawyers are just after your money and not your best interest.
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