Clayton Divorce Law firm Haunted By Use of Emails

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

This month saw a well-known Clayton law firm, the Hais Law Firm, embroiled in controversy over the unauthorized use of an opponent’s e-mails in divorce litigation.  The case stems from a custody dispute that was conducted before the Hon. Barbara Wallace in St. Louis County in March 2011.  At that time, the Court was shocked to find out that the Hais Law firm had used unauthorized e-mails that had been hacked by Hais’ client.  Judge Wallace found in her Order that the Haises had knowingly utilized the e-mails and...

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Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Homepage Featured, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

A new development in the representation of divorce clients has been the adoption of evergreen retainer arrangements. Several firms that advertise for domestic litigation, notably Cordell & Cordell, require clients to provide them with unrestricted access to a credit card that automatically renews the retainer to some arranged amount. This is known as an evergreen retainer. The danger in such an arrangement is that it grants a law firm unlimited access to funds and serves as an incentive to generate as many...

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