Complaint Review: Stephen F. Carley
Stephen F. Carley a $15,000 fee developed to a $300,000 fee for no reason Atlanta Georgia
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Jerome Hoffman’s claims are erroneous and unfounded.
Stephen F. Carley Attorney probate court in Atlanta, GA
A $15,000 fee developed to a $300,000 fee for no reason
Stephen F. Carley Attorney in Atlanta, GA, represented my wife, Jane Grant, in a probate matter before Fulton County Probate Court. A legal fee of maximum $15,000 turned out to be a fee of over $300,000 with Mr. Carley and other attorneys: Michael Lambros and Emory Schwall. Mr. Carley brought in an attorney by Emory A. Schwall, who profess to be an expert in an irrevocable trust.
Why my wife needed an irrevocable trust? No one could answer to this day, I ask this to Mr. Carley ten different times and never received an answer, and in fact, Emory Schwall, whose Stephen Carley brought into the case to represent Jerome Hoffman came up with the idea. And he is not a specialist in this matter. He went to another firm to have it prepared.
An irrevocable trust taken off of Westlaw would cost approximately $1,000 for the form. Emory Schwall gave it to a friend of his who did the irrevocable trust at another law firm, and charged the estate $11,000.
There's a whole website on this fiasco. What is interesting is that almost every Sunday, over a period of nine months or more, Mr. Carley would telephone that on his way to Church, he would be passing by our home and ask if he could pick up a check. It got to a point where we would refuse to pay him anymore until there's a settlement. These are facts.
A probate court hearing that took place in May 2012, Erik Owen Leavell lectured Mr. Carley and Mr. Schwall, outside the courtroom, on the merits of the case against Jerome D. Hoffman. But what Mr. Leavell did not inform Mr. Carley or Mr. Schwall is that Erik Owen Leavell, at that time, is a disbarred attorney in Florida, who stole clients' money and who has since been arrested in criminal assault in two different cases in Cobb's County, GA.
Mr. Leavell also ask these gentlemen to be on FOX news. They declined. Mr. Erik Leavell, the disbarred attorney, had his moment of glory and participated on FOX news. And what FOX news had to do with this probate matter, no on knows until this day. But Erik Leavell called FOX news.
FOX news New York was later informed of the past of Mr. Leavell.
These are facts.
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