My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: Colorado
I retained an attorney I paid him 3k for a child custody case. I noticed at our 1st initial staus conference he said nothing at all. He said it was the beginning and to wait. 2nd phone status conf, Still nothing let my ex walk away with 2 more days. My cell phone died, he called me back and could not give me details. Like he was not there. He agreed to a CFI that I disputed.I had my own CFI. He did not do his research and was lazy. The CFI was working with the oppsing party for 5 yrs. The CFI admitted on the stand that he never even asked my sons father if he ever used. And smiled when I told him i was suspecting my sons father was using. He was not a neutral party. And I paid him $1500 another $1500 from my sons father. I just cried. I never recieved a bill. 2 weeks before our trial he subpeoned medical records. I had found methadone. I gave him the address. Waited until 2 days and went to the oppsing party office threw the records on her desk and walked out. Failing to give her the subpeona. He did not ask for these records during the discover process. I sent him my check stubs for 2yrs, credit cards stmts 2yrs, car pymt info. Never giving to the oppsing party. They filed a motion to compel. And for me to pay for obtaining the illegal medical records. Which i had nothing to do with. Did I mention that i work for an insurance company so they thought I obtained them through my job. I almost lost my job. They served my job to see how I obtained those records. To make a long story short, The judge would not even look into the medical records, which had proven my sons father was full blown functioning heroin addict and had been since 7 yrs before he met me, 3 different methodone Out Patient clinics. I was in shock when I seen He was abusing heroin, cocaine and opiates for almost 20 yrs. The judge granted the motion to compel, they charge me $1300.00. And threw out the records. But gave my attorney 1 week to have a good legal reason why he should look at them. I called him on the last day and said what did you tell the judge, my son is in danger. My lawyer got upset and said "Now I have to worry about myself and if I get disbarred if they take legal action towards me". Then I asked him if I can ask for a new trial to get this evidence in. He said "why?". The judge gave 50/50 and almost made me pay his legal fee's all because I tried to protect my son. Let me say this I was 21 yrs old when I met my sons father. He was 29 and had been in his addiction according to his records for 7 yrs. So what I seen, Is what I thought was him until he started making mistakes. We had no spoons in our home. Now to appeal it will cost me 8k and 2yrs. And my son son still goes with a junkie. And no one cares. Can I sue him for malpractice? I lost my son to his incompetence and he takes no responsibilty to it and says " your gonna have to wait for him to mess up". On what cost, My 5 year old son? i fired him when he said that. Then he finally sent me a bill for 5k.