Domestic Violence Survivor Needs Help with Legal Fees
Organized by: Brooke Abercrombie
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In January 2013 I was beaten by my then boyfriend. He was convicted of 2nd degree assault. I then sued him for personal injuries and emotional damages. I won my case in August 2015. On the SAME DAY his current girlfriend filed a claim against me for close to the same amount that I was awarded. Though the case is frivolous, I am not a lawyer. I need to secure appropriate representation as this is not a small claim, no matter how frivolous the claim is. The local domestic violence center referred me to local counsel who is willing to work for half of his regular fee. However, this is still more than I have available. The pending trial is October 23rd and I need to raise funds by September 20th in order to transfer funds in time to pay the lawyer so that he may prepare for the case. Clearly that's not a lot of time. Because time is of the essence, I need your expedient help. Please contribute what you can.
UPDATE: The trial has been postponed until January 15, 2015. However, I have learned that there are two deadlines for counter claim and interrogatories that must be submitted by Tuesday, September 22, 2015. I still have not retained counsel at this time and am afraid to proceed because I don't want to jeopardize my case.