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Australian divorcee claims lawyers left her with $5

An Australian woman has blamed her lawyers for her expensive divorce and claimed they left her with just $5.

The Adelaide woman and her former husband have spent around $40 million (£19.6 million) on divorce proceedings between them over an 11 year span. In documents she has filed with the Australian Supreme Court she claims that a law firm drained her $1.6 million trust fund, leaving only $5.25.

During the five years they handled her case the firm did not provide her with specific details of costs, the woman insisted. In her affidavit, she said that she began to lose confidence in them until she “felt no available option other than to terminate [her] involvement” with the firm.

She then demanded an account of how the money had been spent but she claimed their response was “inadequate” and “illegible in parts”. Among the charges were $6,000 for airfares, $10,000 on barristers and more than $412,000 on “fees”.

The woman has asked the court to fix her legal fees at $10,000 (roughly £4,890) and order the firm to repay over $704,000 into her trust fund.

This is not the first time she has taken a law firm to the Supreme Court. In 2010, she sued another firm amid claims that their $4.12 million legal bill was “unfair and unreasonable”. In that case she asserted that the firm unnecessarily produced over 23,000 documents and 480,000 computer files while they dealt with her divorce. The lawsuit was later resolved out of court.

Her current Supreme Court dispute has been adjourned until next month.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Andy says:

    This example shows that separation,with the result of both parties do not win..but in effect the legal teams win…having read this blog it is very clear that every letter, phone call and visits are secretly and without any care to the client show a money making program that brings in large finances and of course just one more letter, visit,phone call,all leads to the lame excuses by the legal team yet costs sore.

    This is a tactic used by every solicitor in today’s practices..No wonder you don’t trust them..and with the added kick in the teeth “well,we did our best”
    Bull shit…

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