I first had contact with this firm yesturday when I needed legal advice. I did some research before emailing them, but left the bulk of it until after I had contacted them - I admit this probably was not a good idea with what I know now.
it was about 8:30pm when I clicked 'send' on their web site to submit my enquiry, and to my surprise about 14 minutes later I had a reply. This was my first red flag, who replies that fast on a Friday evening?
So I thought to myself, something doesn't seem quite right here, lets do some more research.
So firstly went back to the web site I submitted the request from and had a good look around it, here's what I found......
1 The web site dates back to 2007, there's nothing beyond that date, also there was no 'date stamp' anywhere on the web site.
2 All the links that are supposed to introduce his staff are broken, they go directly to the page that comes up when the link to introduce him is clicked.
3 The statements that people where supposed to have written in recognition of his good services were all written in capitol letters, and bold where emphasis was put on specific services that he had provided. This was very strange because if they had been written by diffent people they would not have been so consistant in those ways.
4 The list of companies he has supposedly woked with are listed on the web site, and it's an extensive list, yet many are now involved in law suits against him.
5 The web site states that the company is a member of the American Lawywers Association, but is not listed on their web sit, I am currently waiting for a reply to an email I sent trying to confirm this.
Next I search the internet for more information. Here's what I found.......
1 There are at least 2 other web sites under this company name, both date back to 2004 and 2006 respectively. They have the same information listed above.
2 There are many many compaints about this firm if you look hard enough, almost all are regarding money.
3. I found at least 5 addresses for this firm - all in New York. The emails I received from the owner have the address l have listed on this site.
Now onto what happened next .................
The email I received 14 mintutes after sending my request stated that he could help me and that he would phone me tomorrow (Saturday) and if he didn't, that I was to phone him on the number given.
I waited for his call today, and it came after lunch, but I decided no to pick up the phone so he left a voicemail, saying that he wasn't sure exactly what I wanted or what I hope to achive. No surprises there as I had only sent about 7 lines worth and the most basic of details about my case. Anyway he encouraged to me to call him back (I never did).
About 20 seconds after I listen to the voicemail which i did immediately after he hung up, I receive an email from him saying that his retainer is $5,000 and there's a retainer agreement attached. I'm sitting there saying to myself 'what the ****' not only have I never even spoken directly to the guy, i've not even told him much of my situtation and he fully admitted that he didn't know what I wanted to achieve, so how on earth can he expect to say he can help me and want me to sign a retainer agreement before even having a consultation??????? On top of that $5,000 is way to much!!!!!
This man has been on tv on various shows - just search You Tube for his name.
To me and many others he is running a scam, I have not, and will not have any further contact with this so called gold digger (aka attorney).