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Ripped off by fake attorney

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Lisa B

New member
I hired an attorney ( so I thought) to collect on my judgement from a civil case and he has died. I hired him in December 2018 and gave him 2,500. Since then I have tried to get any info on how they were proceeding with my case and have been basically volleyballed back and forth between the two people. I wanted to send them a certified letter releasing him from our contract. He moved and I have had no way to send this letter. I have asked for my files back to no avail. What do I do?
 


quincy

Senior Member
The attorney is dead, right? Was your case file passed onto another attorney in the firm or did the dead attorney's business die with the attorney and all client files remain with the paralegal who worked for him?

You are probably best off hiring a new attorney who can retrieve your case file.

Does your question have anything to do with personal injury or wrongful death? I am not seeing a connection.
 

quincy

Senior Member
I really meant for that to be a question mark and not a period.

I think the OP may be saying the debtor died.
Ahh. That's a possibility.

In case it's the attorney who died, here is a link to the California State Bar that answers the "what to do ..." question:
 
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cbg

I'm a Northern Girl
"Someone told me" is hardly conclusive.

There are lots and lots of people out there, for example, who refuse to believe that a public defender is an attorney, but they are. How do you know that this "someone" is right?
 

quincy

Senior Member
"Someone told me" is hardly conclusive.

There are lots and lots of people out there, for example, who refuse to believe that a public defender is an attorney, but they are. How do you know that this "someone" is right?
A California licensed-attorney search can be conducted rather easily through this California Bar link:
 
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