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Complaint Review: KEL Attorneys

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  • Submitted: Fri, October 26, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, October 26, 2012

  • Reported By: jj — Orlando Florida United States of America
KEL Attorneys
111 N Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1600 Orlando, Florida United States of America

KEL Attorneys Stay Away From KEL Orlando, Florida

*Consumer Comment: KEL also screwed me

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A waste of time and money, and they put me in an even bigger hole than where I started. I had a family law matter which, in hindsight, I would have been better off pursuing pro se. The initial meeting was with a paralegal, with an attorney brought in about an hour and a half later. Initial price quote was $3700, reduced to $1500 after I informed them I was underemployed (like so many others these days). They didn't guarantee a favorable outcome - which they are forbidden to do anyway - but intimated strongly that I would win based on legal precedent and the merits of the case. I made a down payment and a payment schedule was established. I was provided with several pages of documentation to fill out and return.

Over the course of the next four months the only person with whom I had any regular contact was the accounts receivable rep assigned to my case. She was very pleasant, of course. I spoke with my attorney by phone twice, for a total of less than two hours. He dismissed, rather condescendingly, the 12 pages of paperwork I had filled out, along with two of the three courses of action they had originally agreed to pursue on my behalf. My attorney was confident we would prevail on the remaining issue.

I met once with my attorney, five days before the court date. He explained his strategy, the legal basis for it, and that it was as close to a slam dunk as existed in the legal world. He showed up late for our appointment and had to return to his office to retrieve my file. He was not familiar with who I was or the status of my case until he had the file in front of him.

My attorney called me after appearing - and losing - in court. He gave me a detailed blow-by-blow account of the proceedings, and expressed his shock and dismay at the court's ruling. He then laid out his strategy for an appeal, as an idea had occurred to him just then that he hadn't considered before the hearing. He was confident his appeal strategy would prevail, and it would only cost me another $1500.

Seriously? I'll admit to being an idiot for ever retaining these thieves, but I do eventually figure things out. The deception and incompetence of this firm extend beyond the well-documented issues in their real estate division, and are apparently endemic to the entire organizational culture and operational philosophy. They exist for the sole purpose of separating the public from their money, and one can only hope that sooner rather than later the state will shut them down.

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#1 Consumer Comment

KEL also screwed me

AUTHOR: lee65 - ()

They also screwed me over for the tune of over $13,000 for my divorce! Can I ask what lawyer in the firm you used?? I hired one specific one because when I met him, he was exactly what I needed to go after my ex. I met with him quite a bit and after he deposed my ex, he was even more fired up. But, one month before trial-and this went on for almost 2 years-I don't know what happened, KEL won't tell me but he is no longer with the firm and I am given some sap that can't find his way out of a paper bag that would not meet with me until 5 minutes before trial, outside the courtroom door. This man could not have saved an ant from being squished-he was worthless and my ex and the judge walked all over me. I was a stay at home mom for 20 years, my ex would not allow me to work and I had no friends because of him-bad marriage-I was an idiot I realized it to late-BUT I got walked on in court and my lawyer allowed it to happen. I ended up with a bankrupt home I have to get financed into my name-impossible-no job, no one will hire me after 2 years of begging for work, $700 a month in child support for 2 teenagers and no alimony. If I want a place to live I have to make the bankruptcy payments on my own-though it is in his name and in two years if I can't refinance into my name he can throw me and our children out of our house. That is what my lawyer got me! He sat there and rested his head in his hand and allowed my ex and the judge to shred me. He never spoke up in my defense nor argued that fact my ex walked out on me and our children for a woman he met online playing WOW, told us to go live under a bridge on I4, emptied the bank account and cashed out his 401K, sold my truck and took off in his and moved from Orlando, Florida to Utah, to become a Mormon with a woman he met online. And this man had been an atheist for more than 20 years is now a Mormon. KEL attorneys are worthless pieces of worm excrement! They took me for more than $13,000 and left me hanging after court. He left after trial, hauled a$$ out of the courthouse, would not speak to me. They will not answer calls or emails. I also have filed a case against them with the Florida State Bar. I am so angry and so depressed over what they did to me and my daughters. I would also seriously like to sue the hell out of them!! I am waiting to hear back from the state before I make my next move! 
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