My lawyer is trying to charge me for nothing at all being done.
I had an initial 10 minute consultation with her where she advised me she would send me an email with details and never has, I advised her that I was on the receiving end of domestic violence and that I’m not in the same country and she still referred me to mediation. I chased up the promised email not aware that a 2 word email reply costs me 50 quid.
I have told them I can’t and won’t be paying it. They didn’t advise me of any of this. I’ve not signed anything as it was all a consultation over the phone.
Please advise. Trying to make progress here and the lawyer just wants to charge me 360 for doing NOTHING when she told me the whole process should cost around 500!
Firstly, your experience of one lawyer does not merit a user name of "lawyersuck" particularly as there are lawyers on this site who give their time freely to others.
Secondly, if the lawyer to whom you spoke is based in England or Wales and you did not see them in their office, you have the protection of distance selling regulations.
This means that when a contract (normally called the 'client care letter') is issued to you it has to contain a 14 day cancellation notice. You can cancel the contract at any point during the 14 days even if work has been carried out UNLESS you specifically instructed them to carry out work within the period.
If you have not received the contract, there is nothing to enforce and even if they do send it to you, you can cancel this within 14 days and owe nothing.
I’m sure you can find a way to relate to my woes, or understand why when approaching my lawyer for an enquiry and getting this how it may impact ones opinion of lawyers.
Nevertheless I thank you for your advice. I’ve had absolutely nothing in the form of a contract, had nothing other than an initial call and it cost 360 for 10 minutes of her time? It’s any wonder her out of office is off most of the time, mine would be too if I made my current weekly wage in 10 minutes.
There are 128,000 practising solicitors in the UK and it would be unfair to write them all off due to one bad experience. I've had dubious work done by builders but that doesn't mean there aren't any good builders out there.
Desperate times often makes unscrupulous people more obvious!
Yes, conditional fees (no win, no fee) arrangements exist, but not for family law.
It's impossible to comment on the quote of £600 as we don;t know what work would be done for that amount, I would think it highly unlikely that any solicitor would quote such a low figure for a full divorce and financial settlement, including a Consent Order. Perhaps the quote was for the work to draw up the petition only?
I think it's best if you focus on moving forwards, there is a lot you can do yourself (read our guides section for more information), and it would be worthwhile looking at the fixed fee services Wikivorce offers. Perhaps call the helpline to discuss?