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From Boston & Sullivan to my sister Vera Douglas dated 5/12/1985.

Dear Mrs Douglas

RE: Freddie

I have your letter of the 4th inst. If I did not point out to you the warnings given by the Judge I would be failing in my duty to you which duty I have tried to perform and my opinion of justice is not relevant.

You are quite at liberty to remove your instructions from me at any time.

I understand that you had decided not to apply for legal aid because I have never known of any case in which it took approximately two years to be dealt with and would suggest that you get in touch with the Legal Aid Department as soon as possible who are moving to 3rd Floor Bedford House, Bedford Street, Belfast on Monday the 9th December but it will be closed to the public all of next week apart from emergency applications. The telephone number remains unchanged at Belfast 246441. The absence of legal aid has not deterred me from acting for you since I gave you the legal aid form about two years ago but without legal aid you personally are in a much more vulnerable position with regards to costs being awarded against you.

We enclose copy of Mr Hall's second report which will be before the Court at the hearing on the 20th December and if it is your intention to dispute or query anything in the report the Judge has directed that you give notice of this to Mr Hall early next week. Please therefore study it carefully and be in a position to give full instructions at the constulation on Monday the 9th December at 4.00 pm. Please bring them with you to the consultation on Monday, if you are attending, and if you have not appointed another solicitor and wish me to act for you. Please also advise me what course you are taking.

Mr Ciaran McAteer, Solicitor, has written to us to know if you have any objection to him being prepared to act as Committee and Guardian Ad Litem in respect of court proceedings for your mother. We do not expect that you would have any objections but would be pleased if you would confirm.

Yours faithfully

Gwendoline Sullivan


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