Q&A: What happens if you stop paying your divorce lawyer, or you can’t pay your divorce lawyer or are being overbilled by your divorce lawyer?

What happens if you stop paying your divorce lawyer or are being overbilled by your divorce lawyer or you can’t pay your divorce lawyer for any reason?

 

If you stop paying your divorce lawyer either of the following can happen:
  1. Your divorce lawyer asks the court to allow him or her to stop representing you
  2. Your divorce lawyer hounds you for the money
  3. Your divorce lawyer puts a lien on your case
  4. Your divorce lawyer sues you for the balance
  5. Your divorce lawyer’s representation becomes under-zealous
  6. Nothing
If you stop paying your divorce lawyer because you…can’t pay your divorce lawyer, either of the following can happen:
  1. your divorce lawyer could offer to continue to represent you for free
  2. Your divorce lawyer could work out a payment plan that you can afford
  3. Your divorce lawyer could reduce his or her retainer
  4. Your divorce lawyer could ask the court to step off your case
  5. your divorce lawyer could ask the court to have your spouse pay your legal fees
  6. your divorce lawyer could continue to represent you but not so energetically
  7. your divorce lawyer could sue you
  8. Nothing
If you stop paying your divorce lawyer because your divorce lawyer is over-billing you you can also consider the following steps:
  1. challenge the bill with the lawyer and ask for a specific accounting of the charges
  2. Stop fighting your ex or calling your lawyer so much as this increases your bill
  3. refuse to pay the bill and ask for mediation or a court intervention
  4. Change lawyers
  5. Just accept it if you don’t mind and learn from the experience.
  6. Nothing

 

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