Report: #681574

Complaint Review: Friedland Law Center

  • Submitted: Wed, January 12, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, March 29, 2011
  • Reported By: Randy — Buford Georgia United States of America
  • Friedland Law Center
    United States of America

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I contacted Foreclosure Defense Law Center now Friedlander Law Center in May of 2009 to work out a loan modification for my first and second with my mortgage holder Wells Fargo. They were eager to represent me and more eager to take my $2000. Well here we are almost 2 years later, I have just completed the modification on my second. The first was done a year ago. In those 2 years to complete my modifications I've gone through 4 "representatives", Ernest Thomas, Alvin Clark, Julio C. Vallez, and Alex Medina in that order. Of those 4 individuals I've received 7 emails and probably the same number of phone calls. Each and every one of those contacts told me how much they were doing for me but it would take some time. Never once did I get a call congratulating me on getting my loan mod. And how did I find out my "representative" had changed? I'd email them and the email would bounce back or I'd call and was told the person was no longer with the firm. No one ever contacted me telling me I had a new rep. I did have the "pleasure" of speaking directly to Lee Friedland during an episode where I was asking for a refund. He was a fast talker and a great salesman. Not much of a lawyer, but a great salesman.

So how did I get my loan mods? Easy, I called the bank directly and worked with them. It took time and a bit of frustration when they asked for the same documents to be faxed multiple times. But in both cases I did it, not the scam artists listed above. The first thing I did when talking to the bank is asked them if they have been contacted by the Foreclosure Defense or Friedlander Law Centers. I asked this multiple times for the first and was told they haven't been negotiating with anyone but me. When I took that back to my "representative" they always responded that one part of the bank doesn't know what the other is doing. Which was strange because I would always ask the bank rep I was dealing with to document something. When I called back to the bankat a different time talking to a different rep they always had it documented.

Bottom line, these guys are a ripoff. Whatever they promise you it's not going to happen. Whatever money you give them you're not getting back. I've written my $2000 off as an expensive lesson. Anything these idots can do you can do better and faster. The reason they give to use their services is they deal in a lot of loans and have contacts at the bank to expedite things. They may have contacts at all the banks but I don't think the janitor should count. They did nothing for me other than making what should have been a 6 month process into a 2 year process. A year and a half wasted waiting/hoping these idots would do something.

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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: bellagirl - ()

 Do you actually believe the BS you write? Honestly. While you are more literate than some of the other mod help centers out there, the premise is the same......SCAM

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#2 Author of original report

In Response to Mr. Friedlander

AUTHOR: scotty957 - (United States of America)

I appreciate Mr. Friedlander's response to my original report. I apologize to him for impuning his abilities as a lawyer. Honestly I don't think my case ever made it to him for review.

As to his request that I call him to discuss my case, I've called multiple times and left voicemails for both Mr. Friedlander and Alex Medina the last contact I had with his company. None have been returned. It's been a year now and I've had no contact, not a call, not an email, or for that matter a letter. One of my prime complaints with this company was it's lack of communication. It may be a lengthy process but someone should be contacting the customer to at least tell them it's moving forward. The only time I received a call was when I initiated the call to begin with and they returned the call.

Whether anyone uses Mr. Friedlander's service in the future is up to the individual. You can take my experience and learn from it or just dive in. Just be prepared for an expensive lesson.

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Modification obtained

AUTHOR: Lee Friedland - (United States of America)

It is particularly concerning when a former client makes a complaint on the internet regarding work that was accomplished by our firm which results in obtaining a loan modification.  Mr. Buford points out the problems which are inherent in this practice.  First, despite representations and agreements of our client's the banks will continue to contact our client's during the course of representation. 

Second, due to the overwhelming numbers of modifications it takes monthes and sometimes years to obtain a non-Hamp qualified modification.  During this time the bank will continually inform our client they never heard of our law firm.  They do this to drive a wedge in our lawyer/client relationship and also to allow for removal of an attorney fighting for your rights from the relationship.

Mr. Buford is rightly frustrated at the length of time expended.  After submission of documentation if the bank delays in processing it can take several more submissions, which are frequently lost or misplaced by the bank, until we are able to obtain a modification.  During this time the bank will continue to contact our client's attempting to drive a further wedge in our relationship.

I, Lee Friedland, am a trial lawyer who engaged in this practice to help people around the country and avoid the scam artists who were preying on those in need.  We employ mitigators who fight every day for results.  We review submitted financials to assure our client's do not fall in common traps which prevent obtaining loan modifications. 

It is not uncommon for banks to seek to say negative things about our firm in an attempt to deal directly with unsuspecting client's.  We promise only one thing -- the diligence of our work.  If you divide the $2,000.00 spent by Mr. Buford over 18 monthes you will realize he employed a law firm for the price of $111.11 per month.  Whether Mr. Buford was happy with those who worked his file he admits to a series of mitigators who were on his file and calling the bank.

At the conclusion of the modification process it is almost modus operendi of the bank to inform our client's they could obtain the same without a law firm.  In the end, it creates an impression the client obtained the results on their own. 

Our firm is presently formulating a lawsuit in Florida against various servicers and banks with regard to the activities of the banks during the modification procedures.  This includes misreprentations made to client's regarding the process and the need to rely on legal representation. 

I assure Mr. Buford and any others that my fight against the banks will continue throughout this decade.  It is at the conclusion of this fight I will be most assured of the fact all my client's will know that their attorney was ready to fight for the just cause of assuring fairness in the modification process. 

I encourage all those, including Mr. Buford, to look into the qualifications and accumen of others who engage in this practice area.  I am quite assured that following this examination my qualities will shine above those who seek only short term profit.     

I am sorry Mr. Buford did enjoy the pleasure of our interaction.  It does not serve me or my firm to have a client who in the end despite receiving a loan modification walks away unhappy and questioning my abilities as an attorney.  I pride myself in aggressive ethical representation.  This firm is a platform for that--not for obtaining small sums in providing mitigation services. 

Hopefully, when the dust clears Mr. Buford will be a gentlemen and call me so that we can discuss the differences he apparently feels.  Even if we disagree I will defend my actions and vigilence in whatever forum necessary. 
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