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  • Can a lwyer refuse to communicate with someone after they have opened proceedings?

    Hi there.

    In brief:

    My landlord and I had a dispute.
    I was contacted by his lawyer, instructing me to file all communication regarding the dispute through her office.
    I had my lawyer send a message stating that all communication from her, should go to his office.

    My landlord's lawyer ignored this request, continued to call me demanding payments.

    It came to the point where I needed to establish an efficient stream of cumminication with my landlord as to prospective replacement tenants for the property.

    When I asked general questions about liability concerning the replacement tenants of his lawyer, she refused to speak to me. "As you're represented by a lawyer, I am ethically prohibited from speaking with you."

    She'd been calling me on an almost daily basis for three weeks until this time. It's just basic obstructibe behavior but the fact remains that she decided to terminate the communication with me on a whim after ignoring a formal request not to contact me.

    I am eager to resolve the situation and as such, had my lawyer fax her to give his permission to talk to me.

    I emailed her and asked her some questions regarding my deposit return.

    She replied telling me that she was prohibited from talking to me.

    I responded, outlining that she was allowed to talk to me, requested that she stop being obstructive to the process.

    She replied telling me that should I email her or contact her in any way again, she would report me for harassment.

    My question is: Can she demand that she be the point of contact for my landlord, then refuse to answer basic questions about the return of my funds, claiming that such communication constitutes being harassed?

    Thanks in advance for any help offered.

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    Re: Can a lwyer refuse to communicate with someone after they have opened proceedings?

    It is odd but not illegal; you can go to small claims and a judge will force her to deal with you.

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