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Complaint Review: Gunnstaks Law Office - Plano Texas

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  • Reported By: Rebecca W — Collin Co. Texas United States
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  • Gunnstaks Law Office 5601 Granite Pkwy, #350 Plano, Texas United States

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I regret very much hiring Gunnstaks Law Firm. So many issues to contend with. Unsatisfactory representation and unprofessional.  I have in writing from Gunnstaks, that I "would receive the money in the IOLTA account" he was holding. He later "changed his mind" when I realized in August 2017 what had happened in my case and began asking for him to be accountable for his actions and also his invoicing and statements. He withheld $25,054.75 from my IOLTA account for the months of Aug. 2017 to the final decree date of 12/04/17 which equals a billing of approximately $6,236.87 a month! There were NO in-person court appearances or mediations and I had to be proactive forwarding documents to Opposing Counsel myself.

I also began doing my own research on my case and found many discrepancies from what I had been told during the active time of my case and what was the reality. Thus I began asking more questions in reference to accountability. Gunnstaks then began telling me I was delusional and needed psychiatric help. His taking the $25,054.75 was also above and beyond his being paid $18,850.00 in cash, for a Divorce for a couple who were both over 67 yrs. of age, married 10 years at the time and had no children. Grand total received by Gunnstaks: $43,904.75!  Gunnstaks had told me he would have my divorce final by 08/02/2017 and it was not final until 12/04/2017. Instead, he went on a lengthy vacation and stated in his defense when the divorce was not final by 08/02: "Rebecca, this was the first vacation I had in 20 years."

There were also many other issues from August going forward. I was in shock the day of my court appearance, which was immediately after the 2nd Mediation, and finding out just this last week, that also being "unprepared" is in the form of the fact that Gunnstaks could not provide any handwritten notes from the first Mediation, which he had promised he had the necessary cases to prove up the issues, and didn't! I then wanted to settle and Gunnstaks told me "Rebecca, give me 2 days and I will have the cases!" He later told me he had them. 2nd Mediation, he did not have any cases pertaining to the main issue. There are so many other issues, like filling out the original Contract of Services in the wrong name, and filling out a single Limited Power of Attorney in 3 different names, Rebbecca, Walter and Watler and changing the date without initialing. Then there's forwarding to me the wrong Divorce Decree to sign for the court, and changing items on my Divorce Decree without my knowledge or consent and forwarding them on to Opposing Counsel! The list does not stop here either.  Gunnstaks was to provide me ALL OF MY ORIGINAL CASE DOCUMENTS and HIS HANDWRITTEN NOTES WERE WITHHELD! He would not forward to me by Certified Mail, so I had to send a 2nd Courier to pick them up. 2nd Courier?... Yes! Gunnstaks banned me from his office so I was not able to pick up my own documents and a Courier had to sign for them "blindly" not knowing what was or not being received etc.

I had to hire another attorney to review and make corrections necessary to my final divorce decree.

This is what Gunnstaks wrote in a Certified Letter to me with a check for the balance of my IOLTA account after he took out "what he thought was fair and reasonable expenses" ($25,054.75) in 12/2017 and I quote:

 "It is my sincere hope that you will seek professional mental health care as I have only recently suggested, and I hope that you will faithfully follow any medication recommendations of your treating physician/psychiatrist, in order to avoid being foreseeably found to be a danger to yourself and/or to others by a Judge of a Probate (Mental Health) Court." In my opinion, this is a threat.

 

I do not want Gunnstaks to do to anyone else, what I have been through.

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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Response to 02/28/18 Complaint

AUTHOR: Gunnstaks - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

1) This is yet another misleading review by the same delusional ex-client who identified herself as "143missbec" in a prior review, who has been acting as an "internet troll" by posting multiple negative reviews under various names and/or alternate aliases as a part of an apparent pattern of electronic harassment.  The review is full of inaccuracies and blatantly false statements and contains multiple misrepresentations.  Her additional response states that she has not written anything in any of her reviews that are not 100% accurate, which is yet again a blatantly false and delusional statement full of inaccuracies.

2.  The reviewer must have forgotten that she herself had testified on the record when announcing her agreement to the order, of which she now apparently complains, that she was satisfied with the services rendered to her by the attorney and the attorney's office. 

3.  The person reporting this appears to have chosen to be angry and has chosen to continue to be angry because she chose to not actually follow the attorney's advice, then chose to sign a mediated settlement agreement with the opposing party for which she later chose to have "buyers' remorse", for which she now blames the attorney.

4.  The Limited Power of Attorney form was given to her for her to review to ensure there were no errors; she signed, then later complained that she herself had failed to notice that her own name was misspelled.  The reviewer's identification was in fact checked as her signature was notarized, contrary to the misrepresentation stated above.

5.  We do not provide mental-health treatment but have recommended such professional treatment for people who apparently would benefit from such treatment, including people whose behavior appears to mirror most, if not all, of the clinical characteristics of histrionic, narcissistic, and border-line personality disorders.

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Response to February 21, 2018 Rebuttal Response

AUTHOR: Gunnstaks - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

1) This is yet another misleading review by the same delusional ex-client who identified herself as "143missbec" in a prior review, who has been acting as an "internet troll" by posting multiple negative reviews under various names and/or alternate aliases as a part of an apparent pattern of electronic harassment.  The review is full of inaccuracies and blatantly false statements and contains multiple misrepresentations.  Her additional response states that she has not written anything in any of her reviews that are not 100% accurate, which is yet again a blatantly false and delusional statement full of inaccuracies.

2.  The reviewer must have forgotten that she herself had testified on the record when announcing her agreement to the order, of which she now apparently complains, that she was satisfied with the services rendered to her by the attorney and the attorney's office. 

3.  The person reporting this appears to have chosen to be angry and has chosen to continue to be angry because she chose to not actually follow the attorney's advice, then chose to sign a mediated settlement agreement with the opposing party for which she later chose to have "buyers' remorse", for which she now blames the attorney.

4.  The Limited Power of Attorney form was given to her for her to review to ensure there were no errors; she signed, then later complained that she herself had failed to notice that her own name was misspelled.  The reviewer's identification was in fact checked as her signature was notarized, contrary to the misrepresentation stated above.

5.  We do not provide mental-health treatment but have recommended such professional treatment for people who apparently would benefit from such treatment, including people whose behavior appears to mirror most, if not all, of the clinical characteristics of histrionic, narcissistic, and border-line personality disorders.

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"Delusional Ex Client?"

AUTHOR: Rebecca - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"delusional ex-client"..."We do not provide mental-health treatment but have recommended such professional treatment for people who apparently would benefit from such treatment, including people whose behavior appears to mirror most, if not all, of the clinical characteristics of histrionic, narcissistic, and borderline personality disorders."

Gunnstaks began claiming I was "delusional" and all of the above adjectives in August 2017 going forward. 

Why then, did he continue to invoice out over $25,000.00 to someone he claims is delusional and needs psychiatric health care and why did he not withdraw from representation? 

I am currently reading the Rules for an IOLTA Trust Fund and Gunnstaks invoicing was disputed in August 2017.  If I am reading the "Rules" correctly, the $25K was to remain in the trust account until Disputed Issues were resolved.

In an earlier email from Gunnstaks when I told him his invoices and statements were in dispute, he replied that the disputed amount would remain in the IOLTA Trust Fund until the dispute was resolved.

I have an email from Gunnstaks dated 02/13/2018 that states:

"You will not be refunded any amounts"..." of money already spent!"

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#2 Author of original report

Response to Gunnstaks Rebuttal 02/21/2018

AUTHOR: Rebecca - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Reading Gunnstaks rebuttal, in my opinion, shows one the true core of his heart. To call me an “internet troll, delusional” and “We do not provide mental-health treatment but have recommended such professional treatment for people who apparently would benefit from such treatment, including people whose behavior appears to mirror most, if not all, of the clinical characteristics of histrionic, narcissistic, and border-line personality disorders.”

I was not aware Gunnstaks had a Medical Degree. and he is also putting himself in quite possibly a "libel” situation.

 1. 143missbec is a profile name for one and only one review that is not in my name, all other reviews are under my name, R Welter, Rebecca Welter, R L Welter or Rebecca L Welter or Rebecca.  It is up to the review website what actual name you may use.  All of your name, or only your first name.  I am not in control of that.  I tried to change the name on the one review (143missbec) he is in reference too but was not able to do so because it is my profile name. I am not aware of any other reviews that I PERSONALLY have written, that are in any other names but the ones listed above. I believe anyone can pretty much tell the names above are all of the same person, me. His posting “The review is full of inaccuracies and blatantly false statements and contains multiple misrepresentations” is not true. I have NOT written anything in any of my reviews that are not 100% accurate and I have his emails that back up exactly what I have stated.

 2. Mediation was 07/19 and the court hearing was 07/25/2017. I was stunned and stressed during this time. All I wanted the day of court, was for my divorce to be over. Before we entered the court, Gunnstaks told me he would definitely have my divorce final by 08/02/2017. I have in writing that it would be the next thing for his office clerks to work on. It was not final until 12/04/2017, and only because I became proactive and forwarded necessary documents to opposing counsel. It became final, 2 days before the court was going to dismiss it! When 08/02/2017 passed, I began realizing that there were so many issues and I began asking Gunnstaks to be accountable for his actions. This was after the court hearing!

According to Gunnstaks records and invoices, it shows we went to this court hearing on 07/24/2017. We did not, we were in court on 07/25/2017, small point, but one of many, many larger ones. As for example: forwarding to me the wrong final divorce decree for my signature for court filing. When I saw it was the wrong one, I asked if he didn't review it before sending to me so that it was the correct degree I signed and returned. I have an email that he states, he was going to review it AFTER I signed and sent it back to be filed with the court. That didn't make sense to me, other then it would create additional invoicing and billing.

3. I followed Gunnstaks advice, trusted him and believed in him, even when he showed up at the first mediation with nothing to prove up anything pertaining to my case. He picked up his cell phone and began looking on the internet for cases that he had told me prior to mediation, he had. I called several days later and told Gunnstaks I wanted to settle, I wanted the divorce over. I told him it was too expensive and he came to the mediation with NOTHING. He said to me “Rebecca, give me two days and I will have all the cases we need! “ He then told me he had them. Mediation 2, NOTHING to back up the issue, and he didn't follow through with the court on another issue, the original one I wanted in the first place, so that was worthless too. I have emails where I asked Gunnstaks if this was listed etc and received responses from him like "Indeed!' or "Of Course!"...in reality, it wasn't!  

I revoked his Limited Power of Attorney when he used it to change my divorce decree without my knowledge or consent and forwarded to opposing counsel. That angered him and he told me he could not talk to Opposing Counsel then unless he had my specific written instructions and approval. I would not reinstate it. The first time I gave him specific instructions and written approval, he emails me and tells me “unless you reinstate the Limited Power of Attorney, I can not talk to Opposing Counsel!” I had to remind him of his first message and only then did he honor what he said. 

4. Following Gunnstaks advice cost me $43,904.75! Problems became apparent because I wanted answers, I wanted Gunnstaks to be accountable and explain his actions or lack thereof.  I stated this Limited Power of Attorney occurrence exactly how it happened. If Gunnstaks or his clerk had my Driver's License, then why did they make such errors? I was not asked to review it, I was handed a copy and put it away as my full concentration was on what Gunnstaks was telling me at the time. I do regret that I didn't review it. I would have excused myself and not looked back. When I asked Gunnstaks about these errors, his reply was; “It was the first day we met you and we didn't really know your name.” 

I am writing reviews so that others will not be subjected to what I have had to endure.

Here on Rip Off, it states Your First Name (display name) so Rebecca is posted.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Response to Misleading Review

AUTHOR: Gunnstaks - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1) This is another misleading review by the same delusional ex-client who identified herself as "143missbec" in a prior review, who has been acting as an "internet troll" by posting multiple negative reviews under various names and/or alternate aliases as a part of an apparent pattern of electronic harassment. The review is full of inaccuracies and blatantly false statements and contains multiple misrepresentations. 2. The reviewer must have forgotten that she herself had testified on the record when announcing her agreement to the order, of which she now apparently complains, that she was satisfied with the services rendered to her by the attorney and the attorney's office. 3. The person reporting this appears to have chosen to be angry because she chose to not actually follow the attorney's advice, then chose to sign a mediated settlement agreement with the opposing party for which she later chose to have "buyers' remorse", for which she now blames the attorney. 4. The Limited Power of Attorney form was given to her for her to review to ensure there were no errors; she signed, then later complained that she herself had failed to notice that her own name was misspelled. The reviewer's identification was in fact checked as her signature was notarized, contrary to the misrepresentation stated above. 5. We do not provide mental-health treatment but have recommended such professional treatment for people who apparently would benefit from such treatment, including people whose behavior appears to mirror most, if not all, of the clinical characteristics of histrionic, narcissistic, and border-line personality disorders.

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