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Not a good way to start off 2013 for Sheree Whitfield, former star of Real Housewives of Atlanta. A law firm by the name of Weinstock & Scavo sued Sheree for not paying for services rendered to the former reality star. According to the reports, Sheree has only given the law firm a partial payment ($69,000) and claimed her lawyers overcharged her. But a judge overseeing the case told Sheree she’d better cough up another $96,000 PLUS interest.

Via TMZ:

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Sheree Whitfield is learning the hard way … DON’T MESS WITH YOUR LAWYERS … because they will sue you for A LOT of money, and they will win.

The law firm Weinstock & Scavo sued Sheree back in 2010 … claiming the “Real Housewife” racked up $165k in legal bills while they repped her in her divorce from former NFL star Bob Whitfield.

According to docs, Sheree coughed up about $69k to W&S for services rendered, but never paid the remaining $96k … because she claimed the firm was overcharging her.

But a judge recently sided with W & S … ordering the reality star to pay the outstanding balance, plus interest … for a total of $119, 674.

That extra $75k is gonna come in handy.

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