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Old 15th August 2019, 10:31   #1 (permalink)
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We would like to name and shame 'HAH', a solicitor based in Didim.
Following legal advice from 'HAH', we paid her 5,000 to carry out a legal case against our builder, as we had no habitation certificate on our complex and thus our apartment was worth less than we paid for it.

We received no legal documentation but had made contact via email and in person and were advised that our case was postponed and then suspended.

Following an offer for the sale of our apartment we advised 'HAH', who then attempted to extort more money from us. We received messages via WhatsApp from 'HAH' that we would need to pay 4300 fees to withdraw our case (which was a complete surprise to us as so far she had advised that the case had been suspended/postponed). We questioned these fees and where our 5k had been spent and were then advised we would need to pay an additional 2600 in legal fees on top of the 4300. We became suspicious and requested legal documents / evidence of our case and were then informed by 'HAH' we would need to pay an additional 5k to cover second half of her legal fees! We had only ever been advised that the legal costs would be a total of 5k. You can see there is a pattern here that as soon as we requested evidence, the fees kept escalating. We then received malicious and nasty threats including more increasing fees, bailiff charges and she would to rent out our apartment to a Dogs charity if we did not pay.

We did not pay and have since sold up at a loss. There were no bailiff charges and to date we have never received any legal document or evidence of a case, which we have repeatedly requested.

Other countries have learned from their mistakes, unfortunately this is not the case in Turkey. We complained to the Bar Association (provided evidence of the What's App and email threats) and they have so far not taken any further action against 'HAH' and as such condone her unethical behaviour, which is completely against the Professional Rules of Conduct of the Bar Association.
It appears there is no legal recourse to deal with corruption. We have learnt our lesson and can only tell our story and advise people to beware of buying in Turkey. We will never visit Turkey again, unfortunately our views of have changed since this experience

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Old 15th August 2019, 10:46   #2 (permalink)
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Tina a word of advice. Keep ALL your paperwork relating to this debacle, some of these bandits think that their power in Turkey also works in the UK. Occasionally they make threats of slander & think they can scare/pursue "victims" here.
I was told years ago that the Bar Association in Turkey (Aydin) is a waste of space but like many associations, they tend to look after their own more than the actual complaint. That was relayed to me by a Turkish solicitor.

It would seem a bit callous from me to say, forget about it & move on..........it don't work like that for anyone who has fallen foul in Turkey. I would say though, don't let it eat you away.
Yet again like many, you've given a warning to others.

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Old 15th August 2019, 10:50   #3 (permalink)
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OP moved to mods area while we consider it and possibility of libel
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OP moved to mods area while we consider it and possibility of libel
Would I be right in saying if "Tina" hadn't named names her post would've been OK? If so, would it be OK not to add the name but to say if anyone wanted more details, they could PM her?
What the worry is, people need to have their cards marked about who they're dealing with when it comes to buying or selling in Turkey That includes emlaks & solicitors.
I also completely understand why the post was removed ie the libel issue.
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It would have had a much greater chance if names had not been mentioned. TLF is not equipped for protracted and expensive legal battles. I mentioned recently that another Turkey Forum was threatened by a court to be taken down after a similar naming online.
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I hope people do continue to post their stories (without the names), these people need to be called out for what they are. It’s all too late after the event to warn people.
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Well... I for one have clearly missed something. I haven't the foggiest idea what this is about... xx
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Why cant the OP be simply edited and a suggestion to pm be written in as suggested, as it stands no one would even know who to PM unless they saw the OP earlier.

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Well... I for one have clearly missed something. I haven't the foggiest idea what this is about... xx
The post was removed Sue because it named a Turkish lawyer.......potential libel.
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Post reinstated after removing name of the lawyer, hopefully the post can be a warning to others about the legal system in Turkey.
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