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fairlight 12-23-2019 12:36 AM

Unethical lawyers
 
Is this tolerated? For example, one side bringing a motion without proper service of documents, not following the timeline, when the other side's lawyer can't be present and the person is forced to self-represent, etc.

Karma2016 12-23-2019 12:41 AM

Ask for an adjournment till your lawyer is able.

Helpmyspouse 12-23-2019 07:14 AM

I've been at it since 2013. Everything is tolerated. Everything takes months for one step and even that can go nowhere. Because of this stalling expect to pay your lawyer to prepare your financials over and over again. There is no accountability in family law and it's filled with unethical and crooked lawyers and they are all the same on some level. Even the ones that are ethical you will end up burning through any equity and savings you have because the court process is a shit hole. It's a horrible place to be in. I'm sorry to sound so negative but I just can't see any positivity in this whole broken system. :mad:

Stillbreathing 12-23-2019 05:23 PM

Totally agree with Helpmyspouse. Ive been in litigation even longer and have the same experience. In my exs case he has a slime bucket lawyer who is taking advantage of him( he is brain damaged and easily manipulated). My ex got a huge personal injury settlement and his lawyer is taking him for every penny he can. I would report my exs lawyer to the law society for taking advantage of a disabled client but its not my role to protect him anymore, so I dont.

fairlight 12-23-2019 05:45 PM

What about when the lawyer works for legal aid? Now it's on the taxpayers' dime. Surely there must be *some* accountability?!

Helpmyspouse 12-23-2019 08:39 PM

I think the lawyers from legal aid just make the money run out. They may not do it intentionally but everything can be "legitimately" stalled. Lawyers are bound by the court process and that is very broken. The lawyers are pros at accounting for their time for no real results just in case there are complaints. They know how to play the system. Self repping is not an option for most of us and they know this and capitalize on our vulnerability and emotional state. One example, Asking for adjournment after adjournment after adjournment. Yes they are doing work but it is going nowhere just stalling.

rockscan 12-23-2019 09:43 PM

Remember too that lawyers take instructions from their client. If the client is unreasonable they have no problem doing their bidding. Plus they have a lot of cases and moving on a file takes time whereas holding doesnt.

My mom had a legal aid lawyer 30 years ago who was awesome, kept the file moving and gave mom the gears when she wanted to pull stunts.

Not all lawyers are bad.

LovingDad1234 12-24-2019 10:06 AM

The worst is a greasy legal aid lawyer. They are all too happy to keep you and your lawyer returning to countless Settlement Conferences to rack up your legal bill. Be very aware of this tactic. Judges cannot impose anything at a settlement conference so if its high conflict, set a trial as soon as you can.

Stillbreathing 12-24-2019 11:50 AM

LovingDad1234, the problem is that stalling a trial date is also extremely easy to do with a High conflict ex and their lawyer. All they have to do is when your lawyer estimates trial will take 4-5 days, they simply say they disagree and estimate trial will take upwards of 20-30 days. This tactic Gaurantees no judge will put you on the trial list and effectively stalls the proceedings for at least another 3 or more years!

LovingDad1234 12-24-2019 05:59 PM

Family Court is a joke. Only winners are the lawyers. I could not believe how much of a farce it was, an expensive farce. Dont know what to do about unethical lawyers whose MO is to purposely run you out of money in hopes you give up the fight. Cant report them to law society as for all you know they are simply taking instructions. Bad reviews online? Doesnt stop them either...


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