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My Lawyer Screwed up my Divorce Settlement

September 23rd, 2009 at 10:18 am

Oh Guys, please pray for me. My attorney's office is telling me now that I have to pay my ex for 60% of the total value of my house, not 60% of the equity. This means i have to pay my ex another $30 to 35K.

I asked them about the phrase and they told me it was all okay and in legal language and not to worry and now they are saying they had nothing to do with me signing the forms, they don't remember me saying that, and they want me to just talk to the attorney.

I trusted them to listen to me and protect my rights and interests in this. I am so Screwed right now.

Miz Pat


11 Responses to “My Lawyer Screwed up my Divorce Settlement”

  1. momcents Says:


    Prayers offered up! Hang in there.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow! There has to be a way to file a complaint or get compensated or something.

    My own experiences (with a really high price law firm) was next to flawless. I did have to change lawyers in the middle though, because one of them decided to leave. But other than that, it was great.

    Really, the last thing anybody needs in a divorce is for your lawyer to slip something that big up.

  3. midlight21 Says:

    Back to the drawing board - talk to that attorney and stand your ground.

  4. miz pat Says:

    Gosh I hope I can, but since the paralegal is claiming she did nothing, I probably can only file a complaint with the bar association.

    I am still praying that they recognize this as a mistake and file for an insurance claim.

    I'm waiting for the lawyer to call. Keep me in your prayers and thanks for the support.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Pat, I am so sorry. Stick to your guns and keep at the attorney's office. You have a good point with them being able to write it off with insurance; better them than you. The paralegal likely knows the mistake she made and is probably sh***ing her pants, if you'll pardon the expression, and lying through her teeth hoping you will go away, so I wouldn't stop just yet.

  6. whitestripe Says:

    i agree with the others, stand your ground. lawyers pay all types of insurance to guard themselves against stuff ups such as these, and you don't have that kind of backing. they are meant to be the ones acting professionally and if they have made a mistake then you should be compensated - you put your trust in them to represent you and you had levels of expectation, of which you paid for, so please do keep pushing at them to admit their mistake.

    i will keep you in my thoughts

  7. miz pat Says:

    Well - it looks like my Lawyer really saved me tons of money, she just didn't explain it to me, so this is UNEXPECTED DEBT. I thought i was giving him 60% of the equity on the house, but no - I'm giving him 60% of the appraised value on the house.

    So not only do i have a brand new loan giving my husband 30K, but now I still owe him $30 to 35K more with nothing to borrow against.

    They don't admit to making a mistake, and were very careful not to admit to making a mistake. I can see if I paid alimony I'd be paying him $800 to $1000 a month for life so she does have a great point.

    $30K is cheap stacking against 150 to 250K but I don't have $30K go give him.

    On the other hand, I certainly know about being frugal. I'm not going to let him beat me. I will find some way to pay this off. And I'm still free from his physical and emotional abuse. I'm not afraid of him beating me to death any more. I will find a way to get through this.

    I certainly appreciate everyone's support. Please keep me in your prayers.

    Miz Pat

  8. lizajane Says:

    I'll be thinking of you.

  9. midlight21 Says:

    How are you doing today miz pat?

  10. miz pat Says:

    Today I'm feeling more calm. Ex signed the loan documents so that portion of what is owed to him is taken care of. The loan also has cash back for me, depending on expenses etc. of getting hubby to sign - I can put that cash back towards rest owed to hubby.

    I'm hoping I can get a loan on my 401K to pay off the rest of the award to him.

    The Lord is good. Its all worth it to be free. All the things I've learned will only help me to beat this.

    Thank you so much for your concern.

    Miz Pat

  11. -Jerry- Says:

    Definitely look into the insurance claim, and there is something fishy about this... I hope that you will be able to rise from this and create a new life for yourself. I know that it can lead you to new and wonderful things if you let it. Hang in there!
    Jerry

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