I retained Ms. Calahan for a Bankruptcy in 2008. During our conversations regarding a bankruptcy, Ms. Calahan mislead me in to the bankruptcy without full disclosure. She did not disclosure the penalties of owning my vehicles. She stated to me that I could not own a high price vehicle within 6 months of filing a bankruptcy, and I found out later that it was a year. She advised me to sign my car over to someone and wait 6 months and I would be ok. My cars were free and clean at the time. Ms. Calahan, hired me to work for her as a training paralegal, knowing I did not have formal training. I worked for Ms. Calahan for about 2.5 months. During that time, when I was not at work, she filed my bankruptcy without my knowledge. Telling me after that she filed it, but I had not reviewed it for corrections and to see that all my creditors were all on the bankruptcy. I was upset, and she said it would be alright, that she could do an amendment.
I left on vacation just a week or so after that on a honeymoon (I had this planned months before working at the office for Ms. Calahan). When I returned, she called me and told me she had to let me go, that her husband had be laid off and could not afford me. Later, I was to go to court for the bankruptcy and she sent her friend another attorney to court for her, she did not want to look me in the face, and I later found out why.
The court said because of my bankruptcy being 2.5 million that the State and US Trustee was watching my case for fraud. I was livid with Ms. Calahan. She did not disclose all the facts to me about my bankruptcy, leaving in AH!. She did not tell me about the cars, about the my real estate, and about any cash I had. I was so confussed. It's like she did not know anything about bankruptc's, she was taking it step by step. I told the court that Ms. Calahan filed my case without my knowledge, that I was not ready to complete this bankruptcy and that I wanted to change my mind and try to settle with my creditors. The trustee said I could not do that, and that they would not cancel the bankruptcy. They wanted me to pay $80,000 on a bankruptcy 7, this was crazy. I had to settle with the trustee to pay $20,000 because Ms. Calahan did not tell me everything I needed to know. She cost me this money.
Ms. Calahan sent a letter to the trustee/court stating that I worked for her, but as her receptionist. This was a big lie. She bought me paralegal cards with my name on them, told everyone I was her paralegal, and I also have copies of all her files while I worked there. I have it on my computer where she downloaded her files for me. She is a liar. If I was just a receptionist, why would I need her files on my computer? I still have these files in case I need them. I also have copies of most of the files as hard copies. Ms. Calahan lied to the court and to the state bar when I filed a complaint about her. She had to take classes at the state bar because she hired a client, which is unethical. She paid me cash for working, but she admitted I worked for her. She stated that I worked only about a month. I had copies of her files and emailed that showed I received emails from her clients for over 2 months, she lied. If I was just a receptionist, why would I need her files to work on?
Also, while working for Ms. Calahan, I witnessed her taking money, cash money from clients, not recording it, starting a case, not working it, waiting for them to walk away. She took $7,000 from an older man, his name was JW Brown( now deceased). This man came to the office and was going to fire her, but when he met me, he liked me and she asked me to talk with him and try to calm him down so he would not fire her, because she didn't want to give him back his money. She said she had not done anything on his case, and that she did not have the money to give back to him. After he left, she went into the computer and pulled up some cases related to his, so this would look like she had done some work and she put the information into his file, just in case he came back to fire her. Also there was another client that came in and gave her $5000 for a civil suit. She never did anything on that file either, when the lady wanted her money back, she copied some cases and put it in the file to show her she did some work on her case. She did nothing for the money. The woman fired her. Her name was Ms. M. Bartelt. While I worked her Ms. Calahan, she had not worked on these two files. I am not sure if she ever did anything for these clients. Mr. Brown called me several times before his death, wanting me to help him sue Ms. Calahan. I told him I would be a witness if I was asked to. He passed away last year before he could do anything.
This attorney is a not honest, she is a liar. She caused me damages that cost me $20,000. My mother passed away 7 months after the filing of my bankruptcy, she left me money (at least 10 times the money I lost) enough for me to pay the trustee/court and enough to start my life over.
It's not about the money, it's the stupidity that was shown to me how an attorney can hurt you in more ways than one, financially and personally. She tried to make me look like the stupid one. But she knows the truth, and I am sure someday, she will do something to another client and they may be smarter than me and get better proof.