My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: ohio
2 separate agreements. Foreclosure case(paid retainer) and accounting malpractice(retainer and on contingency basis and I pay all fees). I paid 2 separate retainers on the foreclosure case and then lawyer wanted another $2000 retainer to file appeal. I did not have the money as the lawyer even knew that I had to borrow the money to get the depositions transcribed for the accounting malpractice case, so I said that I do not want to file an appeal. I get a bill on feb 24th for an extra $2700 on the foreclosure case that dated all the way back to oct 2010(first time he has ever sent me a bill). Why didn't he bill me monthly or why I gave another retainer, I don't know. Anyways, he demanded payment 2 days later. When he didn't get the payment, he started harassing me by basically telling me that he will not do ANY more legal work for people that owe him money. Our deadline on the accounting malpractice case was within a week of him sending me the bill. I know he was trying to get me to pay inflated prices by threatening me on not doing the accounting malpractice work(he is awful on this case anyways...he never even spoke to my expert witness and filed an affidavit for him...I had to correct most of the counter contra thingy as my lawyer missed the key elements of the case in terms of fiduciary duty, standard of care ect). Anyways, I just received a letter from the lawyer saying, 'I will do nothing further on the accounting malpractice case until I receive payment' and 'I am not withdrawing from the case, and I will remain in the matter in order to protect the value of my efforts'. What do I do? Another lawyer would be in my best interest, but will this lawyer still get his third even if he saying that he won't do anything else? I just want to add that it is only March 11 and this bill was sent on feb 24....I haven't even had this bill for 30 days and he demanded and harrassed me about it just 2 days after it was received. How do I go through this lawsuit with him if he is unwilling to do anything on it. 2 separate fee agreements...I feel this is unethical. I even told him that I need to go over the bill as I have a problem with many items on it such as charging me alot of time
to bill me....really?!