- Report: #1091348
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Complaint Review: Jackson White Attorney at Law
Jackson White Attorney at Law40 North Center, Suite 200 Mesa, Arizona USA
Jackson White Attorney at Law Christina N. Morgan I agreed to pay a $600 debt I felt i didn't owe, but would not admit I owe it, so Christina Morgan wouldn't accept and filed a civil suit against me. I again agreed to pay it and attorney fees before a mediation hearing, and Christina again refused to settle. We made an agreement in the mediation hearing, but Christina Morgan changed her mind and returned my check because I would not sign a statement saying it was my debt. She also refused to abide by other parts of the agreement which were actually initiated by the HOA which would have returned late fees and penalties. At present, Christina Morgan has filed for $4,455.00 in legal fees and $1,359.76. Christina Morgan has refused to negotiate through emails and insist I call her. If you ever have to deal with her, record everything you can. Mesa Arizona
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After loosing my home due to HOA (Colony North) negligence and broken promises, which resulted in over two years without any service from the HOA, I refused to pay them for the last three months dues. I sent them a letter at that time indicating that they had breached our contract by not providing services, They also agreed to assist me in recovering funds that I had to spend on repairs of the two abandoned homes on both sides of me, but instead obstructed my ability to contact the owners. In addition, they put a "abandoned home" sign on my house because the one house had a carport and a shed on my property which had caved in. I eventually had to pay the repairs out of my own pocket. I had trouble keeping up on my mortgage payment for a couple months because of this, and when I caught up, I found out from Wells Fargo that they had already written off my loan, because they periodically made a drive by inspection of my home and saw the abandoned sign. I was awarded a small settlement this year by the courts because of this.
The HOA refused the breach of contract claim, and told me I had to pay them for the three months they said I owed them. In all actuality, we should have only paid them for one month, because we moved out in October instead of December because we were told that the house had been sold and we needed to be out by October 23, 2011. We moved and then later found out they the house next store had been sold, and the buyer had bought the house without looking at it, and then moved right away from Colorado.
I received a letter from Christina Morgan, an attorney at Jackson White law firm in January of 2013, stating that Colony North HOA had hired them to collect a debt of $600+ of unpaid HOA debt from me. I explained the story to Christina Morgan, agreeing to pay the debt, but I told her O would file a breach of contract case in court against the HOA. Christina Morgan became abrupt and stated that she didn't want to hear my sad story, and just wanted to know if I admitted the debt was mine. I told her know, but I would pay it. She then hung up on me. I waited for her to call me back with the arrangements for sending the payment, but she did not, so I figure the HOA just dropped the matter when she told them I would file a case against them.
A couple months later I got a copy of a claim that Christine Morgan filed against me. I responded by filing my answer with the court. To begin with, I don't understand why the HOA didn't file a small claims case instead of a civil case against me. They were aware that I am permanently disabled and collect a small check from Social Security Disability and possibly felt they would scare me with their high legal costs. Anyway, the court ordered us to attend a mediation hearing, which we did. Before the mediation hearing, Christina Morgan sent me a letter offering to try to get the HOA to drop their penalties and fees if I would agree to pay them before going to the hearing. I called Christina back and left a message inquiring what some other cost were that weren't itemized on the letter. She refused to return several of my calls after that. At the mediation hearing, the HOA and Christina Morgan signed off on an agreement that I would pay $100 a month for three years. I signed off because I the stress was severely effecting my health and I was getting sicker and not able to sleep or eat. I thought the case was done until I got a letter from Christina Morgan where she added $1,200 more to my bill, and insisted I sign a paper saying I accepted the debt as mine. The HOA also offered to refund me, after the debt was paid off, the HOA fees for late payments and other penalties and fee associated with the debt. I called Christina Morgan and asked her what the added legal fees were for. I also asked her what the total of penalties, late payments and fees was so I could determine what the final cost would be and how long it would take me to pay off. She said she did not have to tell me anything, and would see what the HOA wanted to do. She also told me to quit emailing her, and that if I wanted to talk to her, call her instead. She called me back a week later and told me that the HOA decided not to honor the agreement. She asked me if I wanted to drop the agreement, and I told her no. She said that she wasn't returning my payment anyway. I can't believe that she tried to force me to sign a document stating I owed the debt and can't settle until I do.
This lawyer, Christina Morgan is a menace to justice and legal ethics. I can't understand how she has made it this far without being disbarred.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/11/2013 05:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Jackson-White-Attorney-at-Law/Mesa-Arizona-85201/Jackson-White-Attorney-at-Law-Christina-N-Morgan-I-agreed-to-pay-a-600-debt-I-felt-i-di-1091348. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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