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19 Sep 12 #356747 by vidavooz
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Hi - my partner''s ex is threatening him that he will have to pay her solicitors fees (of around £3000????) plus his own if he does not agree to her "offer" :angry:

They both have full time jobs earning decent salaries. The marriage was 4 years short and no kids.

He has police pension due in 4 years and about £20,000 equity in a house. She has £70,000 equity in the house that she purchased whilst they were married, but all in her name.

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19 Sep 12 #356748 by dukey
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Yawn......................sorry i almost fell asleep reading the standard threat many solicitors seem to use, do what i ask or pay my bill.

In family matters both pay their own legal costs unless a JUDGE decides otherwise, which as any solicitor will tell you is quite rare and only tends to happen if you bugger a judge about, solicitors have no legal power, they can order absolutely nothing, only judges can.

NB; no offence to the kind solicitors who help out on this forum.

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19 Sep 12 #356762 by .Charles
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vidavooz wrote:

....that he will have to pay her solicitors fees (of around £3000????) plus his own if he does not agree to her "offer"...


If the offer is open and reasonable, the solicitor might be alluding to the fact that it will cost £3000 to run the matter to final hearing. If they obtain an order which is as good or better than the current offer, the court will consider making an order for costs.

Dukey''s advice is correct if an empty threat but more details are required.

Charles

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20 Sep 12 #356868 by soulruler
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Good solicitors are a godsend.

On the subject of some of the demands from the less than equitable how does £65,000 plus vat and £8,000 sound for getting an order to encash two bank accounts and a whole year to go back and forth to court and still nothing done?

Unfortunately, some solicitors are very good at frightening not just their client but also the other client which doesn''t help the situation too much.

Hopefully the original posters partner will be able to get his stbx wife to keep calm and see things as they are and not allow herself to be wound up by potentially agressive lawyers (although it might be her saying that and not what her lawyer is advising).

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