My husband and I filed chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. Attorney not returning phone calls and letters written. Looking for another attorney. How do you do this?

My husband and I filed chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. We have had major changes in our case since we filed. Namely, I had to quit working due to a back injury sustained when working as a nurse. My income is still included in our monthly budget.
I contacted our lawyer asking him to modify the payment plan. He wrote us a letter specifying that we did not need to lower or modify plan. He also did not include federal taxes and local city taxes in our plan. We now owe the IRS for 2007 over $4000. We sent a letter to him over 2 weeks ago, phone calls. No response from othe letter or phone calls.
I contacted a local bar association and they said that this is negligence. I believe we have serious issues that need addressed. We are paying this attorney good money for nothing it seems.
In: Society.Legal Asked by: pljg58 Feb 07, 2008 - 78 Months Ago.  Viewed 3277 times



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Definitely contact the IRS as suggested. I would also make sure a letter outlining this situation and the recourse that you took is filed with the documents of your Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

A complaint needs to be filed with the Law Association. For the United States it is The National Bar Association - depending which state you are from

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Their website is http://www.nationalbar.org If they do not represent your state, I am sure they would know where you should go from there.

I know in Ontario there is the Law Society of Upper Canada that governs over the conduct of lawyers. There is also a fund that was established to help people who hired lawyers that did not act honorably in representing their clients as well as the legal profession There may be a similar fund in the US but I'm not sure. I am sure the National Bar Association would be able to tell you that as well. Good luck and hope this helps.
Answered by: UrbanAngel - 78 Months Ago.
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Your only recourse is to sue the lawyer. He knows you don't have the funds to sue now, so find out how long you have before statute of limitations runs out. You can consider small-claims court to get your legal fees back, if it's only a few thousands; check your state law for limits in small-claims. If you can stop payment to the lawyer do that right away.

Now contact the IRS and City Hall right away, and explain your situation with the lawyer neglecting to budget for taxes. Get a payment plan together with them, so that you won't be accruing late penalties.
Answered by: Samsmom - 78 Months Ago.
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if you want advice there's a lot of attorney that are willing to take your case. accident lawyers
Commented by: jacobhart17 - 23 Months Ago.
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My husband and I filed chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. Attorney not returning phone calls and letters written. Looking for another attorney. How do you do this? My husband and I filed chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. We have had major changes in our case since we filed. Namely, I had to quit working due to a back injury sustained when working as a nurse. My income is still included in our monthly budget. I contacted our lawyer asking him to modify the payment plan. He wrote us a letter specifying that we did not need to lower or modify plan. He also did not include federal taxes and local city taxes in our plan. We now owe the IRS for 2007 over $4000. We sent a letter to him over 2 weeks ago, phone calls. No response from othe letter or phone calls. I contacted a local bar association and they said that this is negligence. I believe we have serious issues that need addressed. We are paying this attorney good money for nothing it seems. - HelpGlobe.Society.Legal
 




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