My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: Texas
I am not sure this is malpractice but I believe something when wrong...
I hired a lawyer back on March 20, 2009 and kept on telling me that he was filing my documents at court but he never did until I sent him a termination later. He filed in June and sent to me a copy of the notice of hearing but the server never delivered the citation to my ex- then, it took them 2 weeks to get it re-dated but that was because I was pushing them. Now, the new date for July was re-dated again. My lawyer called me to tell me that the courthouse called his office to tell him that they move the hearing but I called the courthouse and they told me that my lawyer had move my hearing that they don't move dates that lawyers do.
A month prior I asked for a billing statement because I was worry as to why they were not filing and what they would be charging on my retainer. I was told that I was fine that I have enough money to cover the matter. Well, Terminated them a month after because they lied when they said "the courthouse move the date... they do this all the time" and the courthouse said to me that my lawyer contacted them to move the date.
I had it with this and terminated them. Well, kept my reatiner and bill me for 1, 200 more. They never when to court only spoke with the lawyer for fifteen minutes. I just got tired of waiting for they to do something.
Do I have grounds for a fee dispute?