A well-known New York matrimonial lawyer has lost a motion to withdraw from a case because his client ran out of money. Dominic A. Barbara received a lecture from the judge on the importance of assessing a client's ability to pay before taking on a case. Richard Keidel, chair of the State Bar association's matrimonial committee, agreed with the ruling: "Both litigants and the matrimonial bar have an obligation to make these cases more cost effective where the parties have limited means."
Divorce Lawyer Loses Bid to Withdraw, Gets Lecture on Client Fees
New York Law Journal
January 21, 2005