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teri b.

What is the name of your state? Texas. I broke my ankle at a music festival. the festival is sponsored by a city association. after many attempts by my atty to get someone from the association to respond to us, we went to court and won a default judgment. we received the judgment in april of 2001. i've called my atty since that time about every 3 months. never speak to him, always to his assistant. she always tells me they're working on it. About two months ago I read in the local paper that the association sold their land for either $600,000 or $800,000. My judgment was for $80,000. I have a few questions: is my atty required to send me copy of judgment if i request it? can i take judgment to a new atty and see if they can help get the award? is there a time limit on collecting an award? can i contact the association on my own and talk about the judgment that i have against them?

Thank you for your time, Teri B.



Take a day off and go to your attorney's office and stay until you can speak to him in person. Demand to know what's going on. Do not be intimidated. Be aggressive and ask questions until you get the answers you need. You can always call a different attorney for a consultation to inquire about transferring a case like this to a different attorney.


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For Silvan:

Why would anyone want to use your company when your company, through you as their agent, blatantly violate rules, and stoop so low that you have to "ambulance chase" JUST to make a "buck"?

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Let me repeat the most important part of the above.... "The policy covers 60 hours of trial time for the first year that customers join, but there is a big catch. Pretrial work--the bulk of what litigators do--is LIMITED TO JUST 2.5 HOURS PER YEAR in a basic policy."
Simply, this means that the ONLY work that an attorney can do in that 2.5 hours PER YEAR is to maybe give you a standard form for you to complete. Everything else will be charged to YOU since it isn't in 'the plan'.

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