I heard a story that shocked me yesterday. There is an elderly man being extorted and coerced by his attorney. The man committed a crime, confessed, etc. Trust that there are mitigating circumstances behind why the man hasn’t been formally charged. There are allegedly no plans to put him in jail either. However, his attorney has so far asked payment in excess of $15,000 dollars, and… continues asking for money citing protection from prosecution.
If you are going to hire an attorney, payment is almost always a flat fee or a percentage, but never both. If you do come by an attorney asking for both, walk away. Read any contract before signing and ask as many questions as you want to. Ask for clarification of the contract. More than likely if you get asked for a flat fee, you may not have a good case; however, it is always a better sign if you get asked for a percentage (usually between 30-40%).
In the man’s case, despite his crime, he has rights. Yup, criminal’s have rights too. The other criminal here is his attorney. Extortion with coercion is a criminal offense. The old man needs to take this to the District Attorney’s office.
All of this, in one way or another, is being addressed. I’m sharing the story and just letting you know that there are legal remedies against scum like this.
Attorneys and also doctors have a strict code of conduct and ethics that they must follow. If you have ever been mistreated, treated unjustly, or you know these so-called-professionals are in violation of something, you are not alone.
If you have problems with an attorney in Texas, you can file a complaint with the State Bar of Texas. And of doctors, the Texas State Medical Board. I will post the links after this.
If you are in need of an attorney, you can get a referral through the State Bar of Texas’ website. They offer listings of attorneys by their specialization. One benefit of using this site is first visits may run you about $20.00, or you may get a fee waiver.
Since this attorney in my story has stolen around $15,000, it is a felony. However, the case isn’t necessarily over yet. In Texas you can always file the complaint with the Attorney General’s Office. In this man’s case, the AG won’t file a case on his behalf, but they will begin a file on the attorney. If enough complaints are received, then the Attorney General’s office begins an investigation, etc.