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how do i go about complaining about an attorney efficiently? i have recently had the misfortune of requiring legal related to custody/divorce issues, and have also had to hire two lawyers bc of one refusing to travel to the selected (by a judge-not the right call, but wasn't up to me) county. They both came with great recommendations and reputations, as well as hefty fees. I am not a rich person, so it took about all i had just to fight for what was right. The first lawyer kept a half of my money, several thousand dollars, and never appeared in court herself once-she sent an inexperienced partner who was steamrolled multiple times. I was also entitled to a '10 day hearing' that i was not aware of and didn't receive, and as this is her area of expertise and experience, i really feel that she dropped the ball big time causing my daughter months of horrible, undue stress, as well as allowing her to be separated for the most part from me for about 9 months with no cause. prior to the situation, she was with me 24/7, i provided ALL of her care, hub did not even care to interact with either of us while at home--and didn't. she is a very young child and knew no other security than being with me. she knew her dad as 'the man that comes here at night'. (seriously :( ) he'd never given her a bath, never stayed with her for more than a few minutes alone (rare!) and never even so much as bought a single diaper...but he is VERY vindictive, and doesn't take into account that she is a human being..sorry so long...so, second attorney has seemed to be more productive, but mentions the day before court was scheduled that the money i had already paid her was 'running out'. went next day, other atty. offered to settle out of court with me; which we did-so she spent maybe a few hours total drawing up papers and haggling details. now i have received a bill in the mail for an additional 4000 dollars. i have no problem paying what i owe, but i don't see how a few hours beyond 'it's running out' totals to an additional 4000 dollars. so basically, with this none atty. i will have paid about 10, 000 dollars for my case to be settled out of court. yes, she did work on the case as if it were going to court for a bit. but again, i don't understand the difference in 'it's running out' and a FEW additional hours (2-3 tops) being = to an additional 4000 dollars. can anyone explain to me what resources are available to help someone, a lay person, determine if they are being taken advantage of in this area; as well as how i go about filing a complaint that will have some effect on the first lawyer who initially dropped the ball in a VERY tragic way. anyone that cam help?? thanks in advance...
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N  2nd of Jun, 2011 by    -1 Votes
In North Carolina they have "traveling judges" in county's- that is just how it is doen there from what I know.

All attorney charge retainer fees. These are usuallu not refundable and are supposed to be applied to your bill.

I woudl read the Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics from the North Carolina State Bar, you will need to interpret and apply any violations properly and follow dispute and complaint procedures. Some state bars will only accept complaints from attorney, not ordinary individuals- so check that out.

Good luck.

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