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  • Stoopid wrote: »
    I know people will claim that you cannot tar them all with the same brush - but I can only speak as I find, and I was well and truly taken to the cleaners by the ex and the solicitors

    How can you tell if a solicitor is lying ?
    Their lips are are moving.


    Hmmm quite offended. Thank you.
  • Penny35_2
    Penny35_2 Posts: 455 Forumite
    Stoopid wrote: »
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    My advice to Penny35 is pay the t!!!!ing s!!m and never put yourself in a position where you have to have anything to do with lawyers ever again.

    I know people will claim that you cannot tar them all with the same brush - but I can only speak as I find, and I was well and truly taken to the cleaners by the ex and the solicitors

    How can you tell if a solicitor is lying ?
    Their lips are are moving.

    Has no-one any better advice for me than this !!

    Thanks
  • red
    red Posts: 666 Forumite
    Penny35 wrote: »
    Hi

    Can someone please advise. I have a number of issues with the solicitor who has handled my divorce numeous errors and incompetencies on their part. The final bill has come in and I have asked for an itemised bill they will give me nothing more itemised than 6 letters, 10 telephone calls. I have told them I want to know which letters and calls this relates to to ensure it is not for the work that had to be re-done on their errors. I have started a complaint with them using their in-house procedure but I am not getting any joy.

    Am I entitled to a more detailed invoice or can they just provide this. Who can I get to deal with my grievances as previously they acknoledged they had made errors they are now backtracking on this.

    Thanks

    Hi Penny,
    who are you speaking with at the firm? If you are not already speaking to one of the partners then do so.

    I would suggest you begin by making a full list of all the issues that you have, then going to the solicitors and trying to get a resolution.

    if you have already exhausted this procedure, try the law society. they are great, impartial and very friendly. you can put in a complaint and if appropriate, receive compensation.

    i would also look at giving an auditor like hatelys a call as you may be able to get some of the charges back. i am not in law or have anything to do with hatelys although i do rate what they do - they could break down the £200 an hour charge and get some of the money back that way.

    ask the law society/hatelys what they think and i am sure they will be able to advise you of the best way forward...potentially, speaking with the firm again and explaining to them what you intend to do, will mean they will try to resolve it for you immediately so they are not scrutinised by someone else....good luck!!!!
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  • Penny35_2
    Penny35_2 Posts: 455 Forumite
    Thanks for this Red....

    I have initially spoken to the partner at my branch and he agreed I had, had many problems and agreed I had not had the best service.

    Once the final bill came I told him I was un-happy with it. He told me to put it all in writing and send it to a partner at another address who deals with complaints, I sent a very detailed complaint with copies attached of the issues and examples of the errors. This partner refutes it all and says they are not at fault and dont have to provide me with a detailed invoice.

    So I will today write to them to tell them I am referring it to the Law society.

    Thank you

    Penny
  • red
    red Posts: 666 Forumite
    Penny35 wrote: »
    Thanks for this Red....

    I have initially spoken to the partner at my branch and he agreed I had, had many problems and agreed I had not had the best service.

    Once the final bill came I told him I was un-happy with it. He told me to put it all in writing and send it to a partner at another address who deals with complaints, I sent a very detailed complaint with copies attached of the issues and examples of the errors. This partner refutes it all and says they are not at fault and dont have to provide me with a detailed invoice.

    So I will today write to them to tell them I am referring it to the Law society.

    Thank you

    Penny

    Hi Penny,
    I am not a lawyer so I could be wrong, but from what you have said I think the Law Society will take your case very seriously. There is a time limit (I think) so give them a call asap...I think they send a form to you or you have to write or email them and they can then start the investigation. I spoke with them once when I could not believe how helpful and responsive they were. The only thing is that they do not deal with the cost of solicitors and your concern is not to do with this but kind of goes into this area. When speaking with the Law Society, make sure you stress the points about the firm not providing they service they should and that your concern is about the bill being inflated because of this specifically. I truly hope it works out for you, and you will definitely feel that you are standing up for yourself which is always a great thing and will arm you against other situations in the future. Good luck, once again!!!
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  • Penny35_2
    Penny35_2 Posts: 455 Forumite
    Hi Red,

    Thank you so much.

    I have wrote the letter to my solicitor today informing them I was going to be writing to the Law Society. I will over the next few days get the information together for the Law Society.

    Thank you again for your constructive help.
  • I work for a solicitors who specialise in arguing costs.... they manage to reduce their opponents bills by, say 1000.00 to £700.00... if they can then you can! Seriously dispute your bills otherwise your just stewpid ;)
  • dispute all the way!

    was watching the news yday and they were saying the next people to be out of jobs will be bankers, then accountants, then lawyers.
  • zaksmum
    zaksmum Posts: 5,529 Forumite
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    My daughter's in her 20s and married a policeman, she discovered he'd got another woman pregnant just 6 months after the wedding and 2 weeks after she miscarried their first baby.

    Naturally she was in bits and though we all gave her 100% support, we worried she might do something to herself. She saw a solicitor who told her that it'd cost £2000 max to handle a divorce and split equity in their house which he insisted had to be sold.

    The solicitor took 18 very stressful months to deal with it all and hit my daughter with a bill for £6500. The divorce was uncontested and the house sold almost immediately. My daughter asked for an itemised bill and they'd even charged for the office clerk (not secretary) to answer the phone at £9 per hour. The solicitor's own costs were £200 per hour plus VAT. We are not in London.

    I had thought my daughter couldn't do anything about it, but after seeing this thread I'm going to advise her to dispute the bill. Trouble is, her solicitor is holding her share of the equity in the house which is about £25000.

    Can the solicitor just deduct her charges from the equity before sending the balance to my daughter?
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