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Complaint Review: Harmon Law Offices, P.C.

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  • Submitted: Fri, October 16, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, October 16, 2009

  • Reported By: ForeclosureSucks — Worcester Massachusetts USA
Harmon Law Offices, P.C.
www.hlopayoff.com Newton, Massachusetts United States of America
  • Phone: 6175580500
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  • Category: Lawyers

Harmon Law Offices, P.C. Harmon Law, HLO Unfair and Deceptive, Foreclosure law, Newton, Massachusetts, HLO, Mark Harmon, Andrew Harmon, Christopher Sheehan Newton, Massachusetts

*Consumer Comment: RI Couple Left Homeless by Harmon Law Error

*Consumer Comment: That's Harmon

*Consumer Comment: VICTIM OF ANDREW HARMON

*Consumer Comment: Not that unusual for a law firm

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Harmon Law Offices, P.C. is a foreclosure law firm located in Newton and Needham, Massachusetts. The office handles foreclosures in MA, RI and NH for numerous mortgage giants like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, HSBC, etc.

 

I am a former employee of this firm and this post is intended to shed some light on what goes on at this firm. I feel that this post will help the general public whereas foreclosure is a very stressful and complex process.

 

As a former employee, I got to see the everyday operation of this firm and the thousands of files that this office handles. For starters, your personal information is not secure. In a file, there is your personal information such as your name, address, telephone number, social security number and other documentation such as communications that were sent to and from the client and the mortgagor and pleadings. (Court Docs)

 

During the day, files come from the file room to the desks of legal assistants, paralegals and attorneys. Did I mention that the file room is not secure. It is locked and you need a key pass to open the door, but anyone can break in at anytime buy smashing the glass pain above the handle. As I was saying, the files come in the hands of various employees. Many times, files sit on desks or stacked on the floor and will sit there until the file clerk comes and gets them to put them back or they will sit on the floor or desk until the next morning. Meaning, your information could be stolen if there was a potential break in at this office. Harmon should preserved personal information by locking all files down at night securing them in case of a burglary. Newton, MA is not a safe area. In fact, my vehicle was broken into right outside the office back in March.

 

Harmon is notorious for charging legal fees not earned. All of the files in the office are imputed on a system called Landmark. It is a program specifically created for Harmon. This program allows all of the files to be worked on a network connected through the office assessable by all employees. In other words, they take your file and put all the info in the program and create all documents by this program. When an employee works on the file, he or she puts a "note" in landmark. This note is applied to the legal bill. An employee will put a time on how long they worked on a particular task. In other words, an employee can put any amount they want, even time not earned. Employees are required to put notes in for any task they complete, for any email or other communication received or made, etc. The notes add up and the notes the legal services rendered. From my experience in the office, a lot of that time is exaggerated. If you haven't read this article already, I suggest that you do. Please <a href="http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/articles/2007/01/18/hidden_legal_fees_push_some_into_foreclosure/"> Click Here </a> Harmon's business practices have not changed.

 

Harmon employs individuals with little or no legal experience at very low salaries. I, of course, have years of experience and was an asset to Harmon, but many legal assistants and new attorneys have no idea what they are doing and many, many mistakes are made. Have you ever called Harmon and couldn't get a straight answer? That's because the people working on your file don't have an answer for you because they don't know anything. There is a lot of cat and mouse at Harmon. Many times they will tell you that you need to call your mortgage company, and when you call the mortgage company they tell you to contact the Harmon who is handling your file.  Therefore, below you will find the direct numbers to the President, Mark P. Harmon, Vice President, Andrew S. Harmon and Attorney Director, Fran Nolan. Call them and voice your opinion and frustration at the below numbers. Email addresses are also provided.

 

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mark P. Harmon</span> - (617) 558-8411           mharmon@harmonlaw.com

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Andrew S. Harmon</span> - (617) 558-8474   aharmon@harmonlaw.com

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Fran Nolan</span> - (617) 558-0500 8418        fnolan@harmonlaw.com

 

If your Mortgage is held by Wells Fargo and Americas Servicing Company, the folks directly handling these files are Kristin Hedvig and Christopher Sheehan.  They can be reached below.

 

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Kristen A. Hedvig </span>- (617) 558-8404             khedvig@harmonlaw.com

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Christopher Sheehan </span>- (617) 558-8440  csheehan@harmonlaw.com

 

If you are currently in foreclosure and Harmon Law Offices is handling your file, I suggest that you obtain counsel. There are many ways to forestall a file. There could be defective Service of Process, invalid demands, improper publications, etc.

 

I left Harmon Law Offices because of the way that I was treated as an employee. I was treated like a slave. Fight foreclosure!

 


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#1 Consumer Comment

RI Couple Left Homeless by Harmon Law Error

AUTHOR: RealBro - ()

 Another story broke last night about a RI couple trying to buy a home that is now homeless because of an error by Harmon Law:  http://www.turnto10.com/story/23808954/i-team-law-firm-mistake-leaves-couple-without-home

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#2 Consumer Comment

That's Harmon

AUTHOR: sam - ()

 I had similar issues with Harmon when I was foreclosed on.  they are a bunch of dirtbags of the lowest order.

We are dealing with them again because they are helping Wells Fargo to screw HUD out of 2 years worth of mainenance payments on my in-laws home.  My in-laws took out a reverse mortgage with Wells Fargo about 8 years ago.  Weh they became to sick to live in the house, they moved to an assisted living and notified the bank.  Two years later, Harmon is claiming that they can not find the title (which is a public record at the land court in Barnstable, MA.

As they stall in every effort and will not communicate with us, her alth is deteriorating and she can't get approval for Mass Health because the house shows as an asset. I am looking for an attorney to bring action especially if my mother-in-law can't get the help she needs because of their deceptive business practices.

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#3 Consumer Comment

VICTIM OF ANDREW HARMON

AUTHOR: Blue Star mom - ()

WE WERE PROBABLY ONE OF THE FIRST FAMILIES THAT WERE VICTIMS OF DEFALCATION BY A FREDDIE MAC SERVICER AND THEIR ATTY ANDREW HARMON. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THEM I SAVED EVERY PAYMENT, NOTICE, STATEMENT AND PROOF OF PAYMENT MADE AND THEN MOVED TO UNAPPLIED FUNDS. WHEN WE SHOWED ANDREW HARMON BACK IN AUGUST 2003 HIS JAW ALMOST HIT THE GROUND. HE IMMEDIATELY OFFERED TO GIVE US AN EXTENSION OF THE ILLEGAL FORECLOSURE WHILE HE "DID AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION" SO WE WERE TOLD. OUR 15 YEAR LOAN WAS ACTUALLY PAID OFF IN 9 YRS 5 MONTHS.
WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WOULD BE REIMBURSED FOR ALL THE ILLEGAL FEES, PAYMENTS NOT CREDITED AND THE NEW LOAN WE WERE FORCED TO GET. I WAS SO STUPID TO THINK THAT THE TRUTH & PROOF WOULD PREVAIL. ANDREW TOLD ME 6 DAYS LATER THAT THE SERVICER EMPLOYEE FLIPPED OUT AND SURPRISE SURPRISE ANDREW NEVER WOULD ACCEPT OUR CALLS OR RETURN THEM AFTER THEN. I STILL HAVE THE PROOF AND I THANK THIS EMPLOYEE FOR HAVING THE GUTS TO COME FORWARD AND EXPOSE THE FRAUD OF HARMON LAW OFFICES.
ANDREW HARMON IS THE MA VERSION OF ATTY DAVID J STERN FROM FLA. I WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE. I HAVE PROOF THAT THE DIVISION OF BANKS, AG, OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS & FBI ARE ALL GUILTY OF DERELICTION OF DUTY WHEN THEY WERE PRESENTED WITH THE EVIDENCE. THERE WAS OVER $200,000 EMBEZZLED SO THIS IS NO SMALL CASE.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Not that unusual for a law firm

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

I'm certainly not trying to defend a firm that makes a living by booting people from their homes but, as a self-stated experienced legal professional, wouldn't you agree that much of what you state is par for the course?


I've worked in several law firms. The level of file security that you are describing at this office is far more than I've ever seen.


And as for the time entries, this is just how it works in a law firm. It's a flawed system for sure, as there is really no way of verifying whether someone is being honest about the amount of time they spent doing something. But as with most professions, the only thing a law firm has to sell is its time. So ANY time spent on something is going to rack up a charge.


Best regards! 

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