• Report: #1049073

Complaint Review: Richey Real Estate Law Firm

  • Submitted: Tue, May 07, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013

  • Reported By: Steve T — Richmond Virginia
Richey Real Estate Law Firm
1740 E Gary Ave, Ste. 210, Santa Ana, CA 92705, Select State/Province USA

Richey Real Estate Law Firm Help with Refinance of Home Mortgage Santa Ana California

*Consumer Comment: Beware of Firms that want upfront fees

*Consumer Comment: Richey Law Firm Rip Off Loan Modification

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The rip-off report below is exactly what happened to me so I thought I would simply echo the message below. I thought I checked the company out before moving forward but apparently not. The website was functioning (not now), they answered the phone when I called, they sent me what seemed to be appropriate documents and contract agreements. I didn't see anything that would lead me to believe they were a scam. I'm out $3200 and have missed numerous mortgage payments and now the mortgage company finally sent me a rejection letter today on my claim showing that key documents were not provided as requested. I have records showing all documents were sent multiple times within a day or two of the request. It is now very possible I will lose my house over this scam. PLEASE BEWARE...LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE

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I got a flyer in the mail for a law firm that talked about a loan modification to help reduce mortgage payments. I called the number and talked with a lawyer named John Sterne.  He informed me that it would cost $3200.00 dollars.   A flat fee payable in two installments of $1600.00 a month due 30 days apart.  I had to make the first payment before he could start  processing the paper work.  John Sterne sent me the paper work via email.  I filled out every thing and sent it back by fax.  Then a few days prior to the due date of the second payment he called me stating that I had to forward it.  They were paid the full amount of $3200.00 in Jan 2013.

I called John Sterne, who stated that we qualified for the loan modification.  He said that it would take three to four months and to give them time to process everything.  He also said that the loan company can legally sit on the paperwork for 30 days, so do not worry if you do not hear back from us soon.  

I gave the company some time.  When I called I talked to Sofia Solis, Paralegal, to which our claim was assigned.  She could not find the paperwork that was faxed to John.  She asked us to give her sometime to locate our claim.  She said that she would call me back, but  I never received a call.  So I returned the call myself.  She gave me the run around and stated that she needed more paperwork to fill out.  Which she sent by email.  I filled out the paperwork and return it to her via fax.  She had also stated that we were not to contact the lawyer.

We hadn't heard back for a while so I called Sofia and she said that our claim was now being handled by Alex Alvares.   At that time he also stated that he needed more paperwork, that was duplicate of what was already sent.  He also gave us the run around and never called back.

About a week later I called to get an update.  At that time a Paralegal name Debbie Peterkin answered the phone and she was assisting Alex in our claim.   She also couldn't find our claim and said she would be forwarding more paperwork via email.  When I received the paperwork it was paperwork that I had already sent various other times.  This bothered me so I called the lawyer and the number was disconnected, with no other numbers given.  I also tried to call the Paralegals back.  The phone just kept ringing with no answering machine pick-up.      

We are extremely upset concerning this matter and would like to get our $3200.00 back.  Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Beware of Firms that want upfront fees

AUTHOR: Teddy - ()

There are reputable agencies in every state that will guide distressed homeowners through the loan modification process at no cost. Be very aware of any firm that wants the client to pay fees upfront. Also, a loan modification is never a guarantee -- regardless of what they claim.

There is various criteria that banks consider before granting a trial modification. You may have some qualifying factors, but the final decision does not lie with the law firm. It is amazing that there are unscrupulous agencies that set out to deliberately deceive innocent people. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. 

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Richey Law Firm Rip Off Loan Modification

AUTHOR: Teddy - ()

My suggestion is that you first attempt to get your money refunded from the firm for breach of contract. Then you should file a complaint with the California State Bar and the California attorney general's office. The state bar has a victim's fund that will refund your money if they deem that have been wronged and if the firm will not give you a refund. 

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