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Complaint Review: Verbeck Law - Berkeley california

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  • Verbeck Law 2120 University Ave Berkeley, california United States

Verbeck Law Alex Verbeck Took my money, did nothing, disappeared. Berkeley california

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Alex Verbeck convinced me that he would work hard to solve my legal issues, and to pay him thousands of dollars. He's a smooth talker and said he'd get the job done for less than others would.  Once he had my money, he became a lot harder to reach.  He did no work at all and then just completely disappeared.  Stopped replying to email.  Doesn't answer the phone. 

He doesn't have an actual office (even before covid), so I can't find him to sue him.  It's really that simple.  He has several Yelp reviews saying similar things, in great detail.  I don't have any more time to write, so here are 2 of his Yelp reviews:

(1) The most unprofessional person I've ever encountered in my life, specially for an attorney. Don't waste your time and money, look for another one. We hired Alex for a tenant case back in November 2018, and the case dragged on until now (May 2019). NOT A THING has been solved except the fact that he has taken our flat rate deposit. He takes over a month to reply to any of our emails. We had to consistently reach out for updates. He never returned any of my calls when I left him a voicemail. This unprofessional behavior is unacceptable. Why are you still in business? Very disappointed.

(2) -He doesn't have an office.  He rents a small meeting room at a We Work space where he shows up with his laptop.
-It took 2-3 weeks to get replies to emails.
-His "assistant" is woman with the same last name, so, not even sure she is a legal professional.  
-His assistant does not seem to have any experience with family law and often came across as confused about what was going on with my case.
-I was told I would get weekly updates on my case.  Never happened.
-I was told that important disclosures had been filed on my behalf
-I found out that he had not filed correctly and I had to resign documents which delayed the process.
-Several times, the opposing side reached out to tell me that my financial disclosures were not filed correctly.  When asked, Verbeck denied and tried to re-direct stating that it was the other side.  In one instance saying "Have you ever considered she is doing this to get you to spend more money on legal fees?"  Referring to having to contact him.
-He is nearly impossible to get a meeting with.
-He divides his time between California and Oregon, so, his availability is very limited in cases where things need to be done urgently.  
-He's inattentive.  I made attempt to call him because I was worried about my case.  He finally called me but when he did, he was clearly not working and I could hear him sanding on a personal project in the background.  Very disrespectful.
-He had me resign another set of disclosures.  Stating the "Court f-ed up his stuff" and that he needed to go drop them off at the courthouse.
-He clearly does not know family law very well.  
-He was given a settlement offer to present to opposing council.  
-2 weeks later that offer still had not been presented.  
-He failed to file my financial disclosures as required.  
-He failed to respond to opposing council's request for these documents.
-He was served with a court order to compel with a date to appear in court.
-He never disclosed the court order.  I found out through my ex.
-The court order was for $5000 to cover opposing council legal fees for delaying the case and requiring more work to review the documents.  

At this point I was into Alex for about $4000.  It was clear that staying with Alex would be like choosing to stay onboard a plane that is going to crash when you have a parachute.  I made an appointment for a consultation with another lawyer.  That appointment, really opened my eyes and revealed just how incompetent an un-professional Alex is.  The only time Alex ever responded to me, right away, was when I told him I was firing him and needed him to type up and file the substitution paperwork.

In the end.  I paid m new lawyer an initial retainer of $3500 with another $3500 to be paid within a week.  It was made very clear that the first part of my retainer would be required to clean up the mess he left us with.  Based on what my new lawyer needed me to provide them it was clear that Alex was absent the semester they taught family law in law school.

So, the fight continues.   This could have been handled months ago. Because of Alex Verbeck's incompetence I am now the bad guy.  I have to go defend myself in court and explain why I haven't provided my financial disclosures.  I had to come up with more money I don't have.  I had to take more time off from work I can't afford to.   What could have been a $4000-$5000 divorce has now become $11000 with no progress and more to come.  

Several attempts to contact Verbeck Law seeking a refund have gone unanswered.  Shocker.  Once I get this mess figured out. I am going to file a complaint against him an explore other options to hold him accountable for his incompetence.   Save your money.  Get a real attorney.

 

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