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05 Dec 07 #8509 by SerieA
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Help, I've just had a phone call from my extb in which he told me that his solicitor told him yesterday that my solicitor is no longer being instructed by me...huh? :huh:I've not been told any different and last spoke to my solicitor on fri. Been on the phone to my solicitor, both her and her secretary have either been on the phone or away from their desk when i've been calling every 15 mins or so and having no such luck on the latest attempt left a message explaining whats been said and asked if someone could call me back..no such call has come so i presume i'll be contacted tommorrow now, but just so i don't spend all evening worrying does anyone know why this may have happened and why i haven't been told! :unsure:

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05 Dec 07 #8511 by Shelia
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Is there any reason why your solicitor should stop wanting to have you as her client?

You instruct you solicitor no one else, of there is a change in the agreement between you, the solicitor would have let you know, after all, they like to get paid.

What you have been told by your stbx does not sound true to me, if it is, there are plenty out there who will be pleased of the work and you simply get another one.

Do you think you stbx is winding you up or had just misunderstood what he/she has been told?

Why is you stbx on the phone telling you about your solicitor? When if you had parted ways with your solicitor you would already have known about it? Sounds fishy to me.

I now it is hard but try not to worry either way you can deal with it.

Shelia

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05 Dec 07 #8514 by SerieA
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My parents have suggested that maybe because she is very busy (have to wait a least three weeks for appointment) that she may have passed the case to another colleague...either way i should have been informed, will update after i have paid the offices a visit tommorrow.:blink:

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05 Dec 07 #8518 by Fiona
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I wouldn't panic and wait until you catch up with your lawyer.

Under the solicitor's code of conduct they may only dump you if there is a good reason (eg when a client has lost faith and continually acts in a way that is contrary to what the sol believes is in their best interest) and after giving notice.

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06 Dec 07 #8573 by SerieA
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Ok so i paid my solicitor a visit and guess what? i think i've upset her!:dry:It seems after questioning the statement she made to me with regards to copies of correspondence to myself that she has sent to extb (see legal aid thread) this is what she has to say in a letter i have received this morning. "You are pursuing matters with your husband with the benefit of Public Funding and during your case we will, of course, keep you informed and explain to you all of the documents that are forwarded to you and, at our discretion, from time to time we will forward you copies of letters either received or sent on your behalf. Where you are in receipt of Public Funding, because of the cost to the public purse, it is completely impractical and unreasonable to expect copies of all letters sent and received. If you require copies of specific letters, where we have exercised our discretion and not forwarded them to you, these will be charged at the rate of £1.00 per page. I further understand that you did not accept the reasons why i advised you that i had not forwarded to you copies of the recent three letters. It is quite clear from this that you no longer have confidence in the advice I am giving you and I will, therefore, forward your file of papers to a new solicitor to be instructed by you." Now bear in mind that at no time during our telephone conversation in which she made the original statement, did she mention that if however i wanted copies i could pay for them! Is it me or does she seem a little touchy? We have up until this point been merrily doing what needs to be done and i've been quite happy with her work...to date i ended up saying this, this morning to her secretary who proceeded to ask if i still wanted her to act on my behalf, (OF COURSE I DO!!) surely this should have been said before mentioning it my extb's solicitor! as such i've now today been subjected to two phone calls from my extb proclaiming that i'm holding things up purposefully and smugly repeating that i thought i was being clever using the family solicitor!

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06 Dec 07 #8580 by maggie
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Can't she email them to you?
Mine used to email draft letters full of errors - I'd send her the amendments and then she'd post the copy to me snail mail . BARMY.

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07 Dec 07 #8619 by Fiona
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Even lawyers can have their off days, I suppose. :(

To avoid any doubt I would write to the effect you do have confidence in your solicitor and her advice but find copies of the letters helpful, you are happy to pay for them and see no good reason for her to stop representing you. Ignore your ex.

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