QUESTION: Dear Legal Wiz,
I paid at least three lawyers in Jamaica for one case at the Parish Court in Kingston. The first lawyer was clueless. The second lawyer tricked me into paying huge sums of monies and we ended up going nowhere. The final lawyer did not do several things he said he would have before the case started.
He took the case to Supreme Court in an attempt to get an injunction, but that failed because he did so after the order was made.
I found out later that documents I queried were in fact wrong and should not have been allowed.
So now, after I got upset the lawyer quickly applied to stay the order, but a day before the opposing lawyer managed to go to the Courtroom and have the Clerk sign off on a warrant. Therefore,on the morning that the hearing for the application was scheduled the Bailiffs came and threw me out.
Its a mess and the more persons I speak to I realise that several irregularities took place.
i went back to the last attorney who is a junior, and now I am at Supreme Court trying to get another injunction and the title which was gained by fraud extinguished.
I am writing your team, because I just need help to get some information and documents, some of which are in Court. I also will need help in writing a letter to go to the Bar Association to make complaints against one of the lawyers. Bruce
RESPONSE: Dear Bruce,
Thanks for reaching out. Our team members will assist you, but where there needs to be legal advice an attorney will have to assist you, even if its someone in our network.
Otherwise, we will assist but for a fee that I am sure you will find reasonable to cover our expenses, our time and skills. Please be aware though that the place to report attornies is not the Bar Association, but at the General Legal Council.
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