DEAR LEGAL WIZ,
I paid a lawyer off ten years ago to handle a case for me. The case was tried in Half way Tree, and then we are now a Sutton Street to get some compensation. Now that the money part is almost over, and the Judge is just to work out the sum I should get, the lawyer is forcing me to sign that she should get 20 per cent.
she says things and times have changed, and she needs more money for expenses, because her fees were too low. I think she is greedy and is not thinking about me, and my expenses.
I really think this is illegal and need some guidance. Is this how lawyers are supposed to operate here. Please put me on to the Bar Association of Jamaica to complain.
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