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Old 05-20-2006, 11:30 AM
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Default Time to get a new lawyer?

As a continuation from a post I left a couple of days ago..( it was titled 'Does This sound right to you?'

Three months ago we made an appointment for my comman law husband to start divorce proceedings. When we showed up for the appointment the person we were scheduled to see wasn't there, and after a short wait we met with another lawyer. After discussing the case we decided to retain the firm to represent him. She advised it would be best to speak to his ex and see if they can't agree on the terms making things proceed as smoothly as possible. Which he did and all was dandy.

In the passing months we've had our case passed twice, first to the person we were to see initially whom we never heard a peep out of, and then onto the lawyer we are dealing with presently. After much back and forth with emails we got to a point of outlining what we would like in the seperation agreement. There must have been some crossed lines somewhere because she came back with an email that made no sense. It was decided that he should come in and speak with her personally so she can explain things. So he makes the appointment for yesterday. Shows up after a 45 minute drive..only to find out she cancelled the appointment by leaving a message on his work vmail after he had left for the day. And as he had this appointment arranged he took the day off of work so he was able to attend and never got the vmail.

Sorry for the long windedness but it really feels like we are running around in circles here..we retained them and we've had nothing but conflicting advice from the lawyers we dealt with and 0 for 2 for personal meetings..needless to say he's pretty darned frustrated...he wants to fire her and get his retainer back..(and I think its pretty unlikely he'll get the whole retainer back as I'm sure they will want to be paid for their time, even if the information was mostly wrong) and I personally dread the idea of starting all over again and haven't any idea where to find a 'good' lawyer. We've talked about the possibility of hiring a paralegal whom we spoke with a few years ago that said divorce papers could be filed and have the divorce granted and say that the seperation agreement is in the works at this time and will be filed at a later that correct? and I wonder if we might have difficulty as the child lives in a different jurisdiction 4 hours away...and end up having to hire a lawyer in the long run....

I feel like throwing my hands up in the air over the whole thing.....

as always any advice or thoughts or personal experiences would be very helpful.