Via Samer Kalaf at Deadspin comes this wonderful cautionary tale on why you should NEVER consider the legal advice of Internet strangers on Reddit. Redditor antons_key was going through a divorce and looking to cut some corners on his legal fees. He consulted /R/legaladvice and is looking at quite a messy situation after acting upon the advice he received from a fellow Internet stranger.
A while back I asked for advice on a good divorce attorney in another sub. Someone said:
“You don’t have to hire the best or most expensive attorney. You need to consult with the top family attorneys in town. The lawyer cannot represent your ex to be if you’ve discussed your marriage with them. It’s a conflict of interest. Read up on it, there are a few tricks you can pull to help even the playing field”
Based on the advice I got I spent the next few weeks talking with like 30 divorce attorneys in town, so that my wife and her dad would not be able to hire one. I never hired an attorney myself because I could not afford one but my wife found one anyway.
Apparently they found out what I did, probably because it was so hard for her to get an attorney, and today I just got hit with a motion for attorneys fees saying that what I did was abuse of process, an attempt to deprive and interfere with justice, bad faith, and a bunch of other stuff. And that I have to pay part of her attorney fees because I made it more expensive for her.
Is there something I can do to stop this? This is in Utah.
Wait, you’re telling me that everyone on Reddit ISN’T a lawyer? I am infuriated and outraged. I thought all those IST systems administrations and .php developers passed the bar in their respective states!
Remember, nothing is a replacement for a REAL attorney. Haven’t you people watched Breaking Bad?
I want more like this!
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