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10 Feb 12 #311422 by Primrosepetal
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Hi
Unsure what to do, have reached Decree Nisi Feb 11, now wish to continue with Financials & Absulute. Will attempt to self rep, with help from people here if possible.
Contacted previous solicitors for case file, they in return havve sent me a bill for £998! I haven''t heard from them in 14 months.
Requested detailed breakdown of costs, accept I owe them for 5 letters
But totally refute telephone conversations, and a face to face meeting.
I live 150 miles away and have never been to their offices, not once.
Can I argue with them? Do I need the files to continue, as Finances were never even mentioned in previous proceedings.
I simply have no funds to pay :-(
Any advice greatly appreciated

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10 Feb 12 #311432 by hadenoughnow
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I would ask who their complaints partner is and write to them setting out your complaint re costs with a deadline for response - say 14 days.

Mistakes do get made and hopefully once you explain, they will be quick to sort it out. You can ask them to produce evidence to support their claims if they insist you were called, met etc. They should have itemised telephone bills as would you which would show if you called them at any point. They may argue that the calls etc were not to or from you but were to others and were related to your case. This should be clear from the fee notes.

Another point is whether the 988 plus anything else you have paid is within the amount you were told the divorce would cost. They should have produced a costs estimate and updated it if costs were likely to increase at any point e.g. because the divorce was to be defended.

I am not sure that you do need the divorce files to do the financial stuff. You do need a copy of the Decree Nisi which you should have been sent. You would need to tell the court you are self repping otherwise letters may still go to the solicitors if they are on court files.

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10 Feb 12 #311435 by Primrosepetal
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Thank you very much, Hadenoughnow very helpful.:lol:

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