I entered into an agreement with an atto...

Asked by Jasmine on 14-03-2024 11:49:55
Question posted in the General Law category relating to KwaZulu-Natal

I entered into an agreement with an attorney to make monthly installments on behalf of  someone else to their their client. The payments were directed to a third party rather than myself, as I acted as an intermediary. Despite this, I assumed responsibility for the payments. Initially, the attorney sought to include substantial legal fees of R7500.00, along with interest on the principal amount owed to their client, after sending a letter of demand. I declined these additional costs and interest, explaining that the funds were not held in an interest-bearing account but rather were designated for a property that the client ultimately declined a few days later.

Subsequently, the attorney proceeded with summons and increased the legal costs to R10,000.00. In response, I reiterated my willingness to pay R1500.00 towards the R45000.00 owed, but I contested any further fees. The attorney provided their banking details, and I have made four payments to date.

Recently, I received a notice of setdown for a hearing. The attorney explained that it is solely for the purpose of obtaining a court order to formalize the payment arrangement, ensuring my commitment to avoid any future withdrawals. However, I am uncertain if this procedure is appropriate, as it seems the attorney may be engaging in unnecessary actions solely to recover legal costs.

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