If I paid a law firm to file my bankruptcy but they never did, how do I get my $1500 back?

I was working with a law firm. I paid them the full amount to file my bankruptcy. The last time

I spoke with an attorney was 2 months ago. I called again to check the status last week and got a recording that they are closed and won’t be reopening. I emailed the address they left on the recording saying that I want my bankruptcy filed or my money back. I have not received any response. I started the filing last year around this time and was told to tell all the creditors to contact them. Now these bills have been sitting out there an extra year without me paying

anything. What legal rights do I have to get my money back?

Asked on April 17, 2016 under Business Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It would be advisable to contact the State Bar of Wisconsin and file a complaint against the law firm.  The law firm will be subject to discipline for abandoning a client.
You might also want to contact your state's Attorney General's office for consumer fraud.
You could also sue the law firm for breach of contract (failing to do the work or refund your money).  The retainer agreement is a contract between attorney and client.  Prior to filing a lawsuit for breach of contract, it would be advisable to do what is mentioned above-contacting State Bar of Wisconsin and the Attorney General's office consumer fraud division.


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