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    kidsneedjustice is offline Junior Member
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    Daughters medical bills...father won't pay his portion

    CA: Per court order, my daughters dad owe me his portion of medical bills of what our daughter obtain prior to signing over his rights. He have paid me on a few occasions. He now decides he isn't going to pay his portions because he claims I haven't given him copies and/or breakdown of what he owes, from what doctor and why. I've given and made copies of the doctors bills, hospital bills in which I was nice enough to do a breakdown for him. I have included a folder indicating our daughters copies of bills.

    I called my lawyers office a few times last week and left with the secretary with a few questions regarding the issues he have handled. I called this morning to do a follow up on a response, the secretary mentioned Mr. "jones" is no longer my lawyer, he can't help. What a hellvah way to start a day. I am devasted. I don't want to go through the court system again.

    A friend of mine suggested by the secretary making that statement, is my lawyer now my daughter's dad lawyer? Is this legal? Isn't this a conflict of interests? I never thought about that until she'd mentioned it.

    How do I go about this?What is the name of your state : California(only U.S. law)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsneedjustice View Post
    CA: Per court order, my daughters dad owe me his portion of medical bills of what our daughter obtain prior to signing over his rights. He have paid me on a few occasions. He now decides he isn't going to pay his portions because he claims I haven't given him copies and/or breakdown of what he owes, from what doctor and why. I've given and made copies of the doctors bills, hospital bills in which I was nice enough to do a breakdown for him. I have included a folder indicating our daughters copies of bills.
    Did this "breakdown" include a copy of what insurance had already applied to the balance, in addition to what you've paid? Does the order specify a time period he is to pay it? Did you send him HIS balance due in a timely manner? If you've done all of this, then you will need to file a Motion to Show Cause or take it to small claims court.

    I called my lawyers office a few times last week and left with the secretary with a few questions regarding the issues he have handled. I called this morning to do a follow up on a response, the secretary mentioned Mr. "jones" is no longer my lawyer, he can't help. What a hellvah way to start a day. I am devasted. I don't want to go through the court system again.

    A friend of mine suggested by the secretary making that statement, is my lawyer now my daughter's dad lawyer? Is this legal? Isn't this a conflict of interests? I never thought about that until she'd mentioned it.
    Do you think the lawyer is on a "forever" retainer? Once your case is done, so is your professional relationship with the lawyer. The secretary is right...he is no longer "your lawyer." You and your friend can come up with all the conspiracy theories you want, but if you need the services of this attorney again, then pay the retainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsneedjustice View Post
    CA: Per court order, my daughters dad owe me his portion of medical bills of what our daughter obtain prior to signing over his rights. He have paid me on a few occasions. He now decides he isn't going to pay his portions because he claims I haven't given him copies and/or breakdown of what he owes, from what doctor and why. I've given and made copies of the doctors bills, hospital bills in which I was nice enough to do a breakdown for him. I have included a folder indicating our daughters copies of bills.

    Is his portion 50%? Did you provide the Dr's office with a copy of the Court Order so that after you pay your %, they can bill Dad for the balance?

    I called my lawyers office a few times last week and left with the secretary with a few questions regarding the issues he have handled. I called this morning to do a follow up on a response, the secretary mentioned Mr. "jones" is no longer my lawyer, he can't help. What a hellvah way to start a day. I am devasted. I don't want to go through the court system again.

    That's typical. Your case is over, so he no longer represents you. You'll have to pay him another retainer if you want to take another part of your case to court.

    A friend of mine suggested by the secretary making that statement, is my lawyer now my daughter's dad lawyer? Is this legal? Isn't this a conflict of interests? I never thought about that until she'd mentioned it.

    How do I go about this?What is the name of your state : California(only U.S. law)?
    No, it doesn't mean he represents your daughter's Dad. It just means he's done with your case. If you want to re-open it or file additional filings, you'll have to pay him for those services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhReally? View Post
    Did this "breakdown" include a copy of what insurance had already applied to the balance, in addition to what you've paid? Does the order specify a time period he is to pay it? Did you send him HIS balance due in a timely manner? If you've done all of this, then you will need to file a Motion to Show Cause or take it to small claims court.



    Do you think the lawyer is on a "forever" retainer? Once your case is done, so is your professional relationship with the lawyer. The secretary is right...he is no longer "your lawyer." You and your friend can come up with all the conspiracy theories you want, but if you need the services of this attorney again, then pay the retainer.
    Thanks for your smart azz comments. Do you think I like being in court and like going through situations like this? We are not coming up with "conspiracy theories" so you can think all you want. These are things that may be a possibililty.
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    thats only a real possibility if you believe people have neato bridges to sell cheap, and the moon is made of green cheese too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsneedjustice View Post
    Thanks for your smart azz comments.
    You're welcome. Those are my specialty.

    We are not coming up with "conspiracy theories" so you can think all you want. These are things that may be a possibililty.
    And until those "possibilities" are proven true, they ARE conspiracy theories.

    Are you done or do you enjoy this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsneedjustice View Post
    Thanks for your smart azz comments. Do you think I like being in court and like going through situations like this? We are not coming up with "conspiracy theories" so you can think all you want. These are things that may be a possibililty.
    Your former attorney is NOT your ex's attorney. You need to retain him again if you want him as your attorney. Why should he work for free? And if you are calling and asking him legal questions, that is working for free. Why should he be nice like that? Why should he basically take money out of his pocket to help you? You don't work for free now do you?
    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

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