Hi there,I would value your opinions please. my ex said he was petitioning for divorce, and asked for a settlement, which I agreed to. I sought the advice of my solicitor who arranged for completion of the D81 form and a minute of agreement form both to be signed by both parties. this was completed within a week and my solicitor instructed me when it was safe to hand the money over to my ex. Afterwards i looked over the paperwork only to find the D81 has me as the Petitioner on parts of the document and as the Respondant on other parts. The money was handed over before anything was sealed by the judge. 4 months later I have not heard a thing from either my ex, the courts, or my solicitor. The only thing I have received from my solicitor is a bill for £500 which I got last week. I have emailed him 3 times since April and had no response. I feel he has not acted in my best interests and that I have been ill advised. What shall I do about this bill. Its such a stressful time, bad enough battling with the ex but now I feel I also have a battle with my solicitor. Just don''t know what to do. HELP.
Yes I called them last week, they asked for my case number which I don''t have, and something which has never been given to me. When I think back, I have not even seen a divorce petition. due to the stress of the break up etc I have not been on top of things. i plan on contacting my solicitor tomorrow, but have lost faith.i''m just worried about the bill and wonder what the hell am I paying for. do you think I should refuse to pay it.?
No. It''s never a good idea not to pay a solicitors bill, solicitors are the experts when it comes to suing.
Pay the bill and write setting out your grievances to the person in the legal firm who is designated as the complaints officer. If the matter can''t be resolved satisfactorily you can then write to the legal ombudsman.
You need to get hold of your solicitor properly: 3 emails in 5 months isn''t enough IMO. Phone them and if that doesn''t get a response visit their offices.
I''m very unhappy with my one: I think they have done a lousy job for me and I have received a bill a lot higher than yours (add a zero and then some more...) and I do not have the money to pay it so will be writing a letter to them to negotiate a reduction and a payment plan...unfortunately some solicitors suddenly decide that they have completed their efforts on your behalf regardless of whether their client accepts this and then just hold out their habds for your money....
Such is my lack of faith in my solicitor now (but too late to want to change I think) I started doing my own research so that I could ''ask the right questions''. Solicitor even admitted that had not persued matters for me and my file ''had been on a bit of a back burner'' (the precise words!).
Trouble is constant pushing and contact with Solicitor puts up the overall cost - is this why they do it????
Sorry, no help with original problem but just, you are not alone in frustration with the whole legal shindig .........