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Re: lawyer retainer

Posted by Anna on March 28, 2000 at 23:08:08:

In Reply to: lawyer fees etc posted by Mindy on March 28, 2000 at 19:55:49:

: Please accept my apologies for the multiple postings
: below; they were unintentional.

: I consulted with a pro se lawyer today who suggested I
: would not need a lawyer since I paid back rent, have my
: receipts ...

: However, I have a nagging feeling it would be good to
: have a lawyer to peruse my documents and represent me
: in court to avoid potential traps. The pro se person
: mentioned that a good attorney might ask for aretainer
: of $1500. That I cannot afford.

: Any suggstions on finding an attorney for a simple case
: at low cost? Are there such persons???

: Mindy

I hope by your other message you mean you and/or the helpful clerk looked up both your name and your landlord's name in the computer...

It would be 'the right thing to do' to contact the other tenant: these sloppy lawyers are proceeding with her case AS IF someone had served her that Petition. She might appreciate the 'headsup'.

As for this question: follow up on this from JJ's answer:

: : really sloppy work by the lawyers, but could make the whole thing invalid: you'll have to let a lawyer read it: try the pro se office, 111 Centre St, 1st floor, 9:00am (9:30?)-5:00pm, M-F, til 7:pm Thurs. or go to a tenant clinic: WSTU = T-W, 6:00pm. Chelsea Th 6;30pm (7:30pm?)

Or contact a bar association (, get a referral for a $25 consult, let the lawyer read your papers, review your defenses. But only hire a good L&T, not that you'll need one. Call some of those who advertise here: the fees will be $1500-2500, unless one agrees to a one-time appearance fee, which is doubtful.

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