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My mom passed away in May and I signed a contract with a local firm last June to probate a copy of her will and the attorney has failed to file any documents regarding the estate and when I complained on February 15 2013 they sent me a letter stating I could owe little to nothing if I agree to cooperate and on March 7 I received a letter stating they were abandoning me as a client and increased my bill by $700.00.
I’m sorry for your loss Catherine, that is a bill I would not pay.
The entire bill is for $1810.00 + the $500.00 retainer that I paid upfront and now I have to write to the presiding Judge in the county to probate it myself. It just makes my loss so much harder because I can’t have any closure.
Was there any agreement that they would file probate by a certain date?
If so, if I were you I’d spend a few bucks to sue that law firm in small claims court. It would nice for the judge to declare that bill invalid. I’d also report them to the bar association.
I’m sorry. I would let the Judge know what they did. You should not be financially responsible when no service was provided.
I’am in the process of filing complaints with the State Bar and the Human Rights Council.
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Sat, 18 May 2013 13:51:15 +0000
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