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1) Yes - sadly it is still a debt, even if not paid
2) Not necessarily - it depends on his contract terms with the LAA
3) Yes - but ONLY if you signed the Solicitor terms of business saying you would be personally liable
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Can i clarify how can it be a debt when they have paid no money and will not be paying any money? also if we were in a position to settle all or part of the fees would we be better placed to agree a repayment scheme with the LAA or the Solicitor direct?
A debt is a debt regardless of whether money is paid. It is a debt if it becomes due.
You can can settle part of the fees on a full and final settlement
Does that help?
In this instance the LAA have informed us that they will not be settling our Solicitor's account as they invoiced too late. How can the LAA then pursue me for something they have not paid out?