Report: #909281

Complaint Review: A Legal Hand - Linda Spain

  • Submitted: Tue, July 10, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, July 10, 2013
  • Reported By: Afshin — San Antonio Texas United States of America
  • A Legal Hand - Linda Spain
    8050 Oakdell Way,
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States of America

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Called to request assistance with divorce from my wife.  After asking questions about pricing, the person I spoke with named Linda Spain would not give me a direct price.  I was told it could cost thousands.  After asking to set up an appointment for review of the issue at hand, Ms. Spain informed me that there is not a office location, and that the business is run out of her home.  She became very irate when asked if I could meet her at her home since she did not have a office.

Due to the fact there was no office, my information was taken by telephone.  She was not very professional in my mind so I decided to go with HHZ Law Firm of San Antonio.  Later in the month, I received a invoice for an amount of $950.00 with no explanation of the charges.  
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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

A Legal Hand is a cheap alternative to high priced and crooked lawyers!

AUTHOR: Linda Spain - (USA)

Hello, this is Linda Spain.  It’s a pity I must take time out of my busy schedule to refute the completely FALSE claims this one person keeps posting FRAUDULENTLY about my business.  It is upsetting that I must waste my valuable time writing rebuttals against totally FALSE postings!  Let me state that there is only ONE moron who is posting LIES, and falsifying his/her name every time he/she posts!  And this one person continues to post LIES after each great genuine review that my real clients post. This moron clearly works for HHZ Law Firm and is SHAMELESSLY promoting their law firm by slandering my good name and business reputation!  If they are such a great and “ethical” law firm as they self-proclaim, one wonders why they must stoop to such low and dirty tactics. HHZ is clearly threatened by my business or they would not be resorting to BULLY tactics with me.  Fortunately, their bully tactics are not working, as I still have plenty of clients coming to me, because my great business reputation speaks for itself!  At least 90% of my business are all word of mouth referrals, from previous clients who keep referring me to their family, friends and coworkers.

Once again as I believe I have stated in a previous rebuttal, a legal document preparer in the state of Texas does NOT need to be licensed to prepare divorce papers for anyone.  Period!  And “practicing law” is defined as a person who is not a licensed attorney giving legal advice.  I have NEVER given legal advice to anyone, nor have I ever represented myself as an attorney!  My paralegal experience comes from over 21 years of working with numerous local attorneys in various fields of law, as well as working for the JAG office while serving my country in the military.  As much as this pathetic moron, as well as other attorneys have tried to get “moles” to call me and trick me into giving advice, I NEVER DO!!!  I have been used to their transparent tactics since the day I started this business, and they are still unsuccessfully putting moles to call me trying to get me to give them legal advice.  I have never fallen for their devious tactics! They are wasting both their time and mine!  This HHZ employee who keeps posting these LIES about me, needs to perform a basic search or research before posting FALSE reviews about my business.  Because with a very simple and basic research, he/she would have learned that I have not had a PO Box since 2010.  Hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world have PO Boxes for their business mail to go to. So I do not know what this person’s point was anyway.  I have an office my clients can come see me at.  Prior to that I ran my legal document business from home.  Working from home is something millions of Americans have the privilege of doing!  I wasn’t the only one.  I now have an office that I work from, as well as meet clients at.  And for my clients who do not have transportation, I go to them!  When I hear someone has to take two or three busses to come see me, I am considerate enough to go to them!

Regarding the "fictitious posts" the liar states I post, that is laughable!  The ONLY fictitious posts on here, are the ones this liar has written!  I have NEVER had to post one fictitious post, as my clients are kind enough to take the time to refute this person’s lies themselves!  As a matter of fact, the only time I see these comments, are when clients come to me and inform me they came to me AFTER reading the liars post!  So their shady scheme is actually working against them, as it turns people off to hear someone stoop to such levels.  At that point they gladly come to the person they feel is the underdog. The EXACT statement that’s been stated to me by numerous clients after reading these lies (while laughing I might add) is, “I came to you after reading the lies someone is posting about you.  They are obviously lies, and I came to you anyway because you have others writing great reviews about you and your service.”  As I stated in a previous rebuttal…all anyone has to do is place one phone call to me, and they will hear the nice, respectful, polite and compassionate person that I am, starting from their initial phone call!  I have NEVER ever once been rude to any of my clients, and will try to help anyone I can.  Even the ones that don’t have money and need to leave their abusive spouses.  I have prepared many divorces for FREE in many instances, when someone comes to me desperate and crying with little or no money.  I wonder if HHZ would prepare a divorce for free for someone desperate or in an abusive relationship. I have prepared FREE divorces for fathers who come crying to me because CPS removed the children from their abusive or neglectful mothers, and unexpectedly gave the father his children.  And then informed him he has a very short amount of time to file papers, in order to keep his children.  Instead of charging them a fee, I tell them to use that money on the children, for food, clothes and or toys.  I highly doubt any law firm would do anything for free!  Heck, you can’t even set foot into an attorney’s office without giving at least a $1500 retainer fee to begin the case.  This moron wrote, “…she has taken steps to post ficticous reviews online to boost her morale…”  He/she isn’t even articulate enough to use proper words for what he/she is attempting to state!  Not to mention, he/she misspelled fictitious!  Posting fictitious reviews to boost my morale?  I believe he/she was trying to state, to boost my business.  My client’s great compliments, their satisfaction, and heartfelt thank you’s boost my morale!  Not reviews!  He/she stated, “Linda Spain is a fly by night alternative”.  If I was a fly by night business owner then I would not have clients coming to me for 21 years now!  The “alternative” I am is the cheaper alternative to the thousands and thousands of dollars an attorney will milk out of your pockets, when my fees NEVER exceed $399!  My average divorce with children and minimal property only costs $350.  My $399 divorces involved more than three children, multiple cars, houses and shared debts!  An agreed divorce without children or property is $250 - $275.  Can HHZ match those prices?  Absolutely NOT!  Ask yourself why a supposed “reputable” law firm is so threatened by a two person small business.  And the only answer is, because they cannot compete with my extremely low fees!  I also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Give me a call at (210) 313-2512, and hear/see for yourself.  Thank you.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Wonderful! Helped so much in my divorce!

AUTHOR: ash - ()

I contacted Ms Spain about divorce papers. She responded within the week with a price for Divorce with children. It was about 300$ total for the petition, waiver of citation, and decree. She made three copies each, as is the standard.

Paid for everything and met her, very professional and helpful and she even had a cold at the time and was still able to make it all work out, very kind to my daughter who has autism and can be a little surprising to people at times. About a week later, she noticed a typo and e-mailed me a fixed copy of my decree, which was wonderful because I would have never of seen the typo!

Filed pro se at the civil filings downtown at the court house and six months later (due to how long the wait is) I was divorced. There were no mistakes on the divorce papers, and the staff attorneys went over it at least four times.

MUCH cheaper than hiring at lawyer, everything was 100% correct for the judge to sign and it allows you to represent yourself if you need a simple divorce.

I literally gave her the information she needed, she put it into the petition, waiver, and decree. Paid the filing fee's at the court house, all the paperwork was okayed, and then just had to wait for the staff attorneys got to my decree to make sure it was okay. 

My divorce went off cheaply and without a hitch thanks to Ms Spain! Would recommend to anyone needing a simple divorce!

The total divorce cost about 625$. 300 for the papers Ms Spain drafted for the divorce, and 325 for the civil suit filing! 

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#3 Author of original report

Linda Spain is a Complete Fraud.

AUTHOR: Afshin - ()

Linda Spain is a very unprofessional unlicensed self proclaimed attorney.  She is not able to deny that she is unlicensed by the State of Texas, and is not able to professionally practice law in any court in this state or any other state.  HHZ Lawfirm explained this to me, searched for anyone licensed by her name, and the results were evident she is not a licensed professional.  

The supposed office on Google and her website is only a Post Office box.  Neither is a valid contact for this self proclaimed divorce attorney.  Apparently, she has taken steps to post ficticous reviews online to boost her morale, but again she is unlicensed and this can be confirmed directly through the State of Texas.  Why trust someone who not even the Court system recognizes?  Call a licensed professional who can represent your intrests and not their own pocketbook.  Ms. Linda Spain is a fly by night alternative who takes what she can from innocent people needing professional legal assistance.

Again, trust a licensed attorney.  Linda Spain with A Legal Hand is unlicensed and unprofessionally playing attorney in the State of Texas.  Try HHZ Lawfirm or any other lawfirm in San Antonio for your divorce filings in Bexar County. 

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#4 General Comment

A Legal Hand is a great alternative to an attorney!

AUTHOR: diago - ()

Why does this Ripoff report string constantly mention HHZ Lawfirm?  Most likely because HHZ lawfirm doesn't like to lose business to someone who is helping people avoid high attorney fees and they are loosing money.  Clearly this law firm is threatened by an individual who helps people that are filing for an agreed or uncontested divorce.  Anyone can file their own divorce papers.  If you are so inclined, for $10 you can buy a set of papers from the court house and do it yourself, but good luck with that as it is way too confusing for anyone that doesn't have experience in the legal field.  Attorneys want to charge you $2000 to do something that Linda Spain at A Legal Hand has performed for me and my friends for under $300.  I searched the internet and called several law firms before I found A Legal Hand.  Linda gave me a price over the phone of $275 and that was the price, she never billed me or mentioned anythig about billing me for anything additional.  I have referred several friends, acquaintences and co-workers to Linda and her fees have always been in the $275 range. Linda has always been professional and courteous. Everyone I referred to Linda has said that she was great to work with.  Linda completed my divorce papers quickly, and for much less than what an attorney would have charged. No wonder HHZ is trying so hard to discredit Linda.

Offices cost money, rent, utilities and more so if people need to go to an office for an agreed divorce they need to pay $2000 or more.  Anyone with common sense can see that HHZ is behind this ripoff report in some way and they are trying to hurt a small entrepeneuer that helps people through a difficult sitaution for a modest fee.  A Legal Hand and Linda Spain has met with me and everyone that I have ever referred to her in a professional setting.  I imagine Linda can get an office if she wanted, but then her fees would increase, so who needs that?  The thread mentions that Linda Spain and A Legal Hand is not licensed or a licensed attorney and to my understanding that is a correct statement, but Linda does not give legal advice so she doesn't need to be licensed or an attorney.  To my understanding, Linda has extensive expereince in the legal field through the military and private sector.  Linda Spain is no different than an attorney who would ask specific questions to fill out the divorce papers correctly.  All of your information is then put into the divorce documents properly and professioanlly and she gives you three copies which you take to the courthouse to file.  Linda makes this clear when you speak to her as she helps you complete the process.  Linda will tell you that she is not an attorney and she does not give any legal advice so if you and your ex can't agree, you need to get an attorney.  If you can be realistic about your situations and want to be fair with each other then the agreed and uncontested divorce path is the way to go.  Whether you want to spend a down payment on a house to get divorced is up to you!

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#5 Consumer Comment

A Legal Hand did a great job preparing my divorce

AUTHOR: Steven - (United States of America)

Whoever wrote the original complaint is lying!  I called Linda Spain to prepare my divorce, and just like her ad read, everything was quick, simple and cheap.  I only paid $275 for my divorce with children and property.  The papers were given to me in two days and it was finalized two months later.  I have referred others to her, and she always gives a quote over the phone, and a receipt in hand when she delivers the papers.  I met her in an office and she was very nice, compassionate, and professional, as she was on the phone.

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#6 Author of original report

Do Not Trust This Unlicensed Person

AUTHOR: Afshin - (United States of America)

A Legal Hand of San Antonio, Texas has continued to refute the issues at hand, and the fact I was assisted by another licensed professional at HHZ Law Firm.  Linda Spain is a unlicensed person who has no office or place to gather.  The listed address is purely a PO box, there is no record of a license with the State Bar of Texas.  Why would anyone want a unlicensed person to file a divorce on their behalf.  Go to HHZ Law Firm for professional service or any other licensed attorney or law firm.  Public beware, dont have the same problems with this business that I did.  Call HHZ Law Firm or any other licensed firm in town.
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#7 Consumer Comment

This false report couldn't be further from the truth!

AUTHOR: Jonathon80 - (United States of America)

I used A Legal Hand for my agreed divorce about two months ago.  The author of the posting is a liar and never used Ms. Spain for a divorce.  His report could not be further from the truth!  From the moment Linda Spain answers the phone, she is the epitome of professionalism and friendliness.  As she states in her rebuttal, she is a compassionate person, and exhibits that from the first phone call you place to her, until the last!  When you meet her in person, she is the same; professional and friendly.  From my initial phone call, she quoted me a price of $250 for my agreed divorce.  She DID and WILL give you a direct price quote over the phone.  When she had the paperwork ready within the next two days, I handed her the payment of $250 and she handed me a receipt.  And I met her in a small office located on the NW part of town.  She works out of her home as many others do, but she always meets with you in a small office outside of where she lives.  The office is furnished with a nice table and 4 chairs, a desk, computer, phone, and two additional chairs where guests that accompanied you can sit and wait for you.  Another reason why I know the author of this posting is a liar if he did not know that she meets you in a seperate office outside of her home!  She informed me during our initial phone call, her divorce preparations do not exceed $299.  The author lied when he said she quoted him a price of $950.  No way!  She is very helpful and informative from the first phone call to the last.  She will also tell you that she cannot give legal advice because she is not an attorney, but she patiently walks you and talks you through the three easy steps it takes to get the divorce.  She also calls you to follow up on the status after you file the papers in court.  She does not disappear after you pay her the money; she is always available to answer your questions, and she continues to answer them with professionalism and friendliness.  Not only is she the cheapest divorce preparer in town, but she is the friendliest of all the ones I called prior to using her.  I referred a friend to her and she had the same great experience with Ms. Spain that I did.  I highly recommend you ignore this liar who posted this false report, and use Linda Spain if you ever need any assistance with your divorce or any other legal document you might need.  It's very sad if HHZ Law Firm did post this false report.  It shows what type of morals they lack.
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#8 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Will Sue for Slander if not removed...

AUTHOR: Linda Spain - (United States of America)

I am Linda Spain, the owner of A Legal Hand.  I am giving the person who FALSIFIED this report three business days to remove their FALSE posting, or I will investigate further who posted this FALSE REPORT, and sue for slander!  I have NEVER received a call where I don't quote a price, or acted irrate.  NEVER!  That is NOT my style, nor has it ever been.  And I have hundreds of former clients that can all attest to my politeness, and compassion when it comes to helping people out.  Heck, I've even prepared paperwork for FREE when a person calls me crying and cannot afford to leave their abusive spouse!  I have also volunteered to assist with battered women programs and other such programs, to prepare a divorce for FREE when they cannot afford high attorneys fees.  All my calls are received and answered politely, and I will ALWAYS give a quote, as I only charge anywhere between $199 - $299 for ALL of my divorces!  And I have NEVER ever charged anything over $299!  Let alone $950 as the LIAR FALSIFIED in his/her report.  I do not have invoices, nor do I ever mail out invoices.  I give receipts to my clients when the paperwork has been exchanged for the payment.  PERIOD!  So if this is a SLEAZY way for HHZ Law Firm to get free advertisement, and to have someone go as far as to falsify a report on my business that has been in high standing for all the years I have been in business, then I will not hesitate to take this matter to the courts and sue for slander!  And if it is one of those sleazy attorneys who is always harassing me because I charge thousands of dollars less than they would, and they cannot compete, then they will be reported to the Texas State Bar as I've done a couple of others!  And for whoever is reading this TRASH of a website, do ask yourself if this was indeed factual, then why didn't the author of the FALSIFIED report put his/her name and number so that I can contact them?  In the last 3 years, I can't tell you how many sleazy attorneys have tried to intimidate me by playing dirty.  Keep in mind what they charge $2000+ for, I will only charge a max of $299.  I will get an IT expert to trace who posted this, and charge them with slander.
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