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I hired this attorney to do a simple legal transaction for a family matter. Not only was he unresponsive, he took several months to get everything processed. The real treat, however, was when I got the feedback that there were a litany of mistakes in the paperwork filed with the courts. Now we have to go back to him to figure out why he couldn't get things like name spelling, gender and addresses right, so he can re-file everything.
He did NOT do his job. He never returned my calls- He didn't care about our situation- When he came to court he seemed irritated that he even had to be there and never turned in ANY evidence that pertained to our case. He didn't even go over our evidence so when it was time to go to trial...we had to tell him things...he wasn't orginized at all...When we had to testify he asked the wrong questions and it seemed like he was working for the other lawyer. My husband and I feel like they were in cah-hootz....like we were rail-roaded between him, the other lawyer, the judge and the law guardian. Of course the outcome wasn't what it should have been....So now we have to appeal and...We are now looking for another lawyer.....We basically just threw our money out the window! I wish I would have found these reviews before I called him and did my research!
I had never been in trouble prior to meeting Mr.Goldin and when I obtained him, I had edvidence proving my innocence but that did not stop him from treating like I was guilty.I told the man tell them to take it to trial because I know the jury would not feel sorry for a nurse who was addicted to pain pills but he kept trying to scare me saying there was a chance I could do time,I was wondering how when they had NO EDVIDENCE ONLY HER WORD.I feel he was trying to help the D.A convict me.Based on the edvidence I obtained myself I felt I had the wrong mouth piece because it took two years of my life and why that long to be found not guilty I still burns me a little.I never recieved my certifcate of the dispostion and I paid for this man. He treated me like crap and did not listen when I said "let them take me to trail".He kept me going back and forth,that was fustratind considering I had moved out of state.No, I would not recommend him.
Goldin was my lawyer for my legal seperation case.
I had to file charges against him with the Committee on Professional Standards (which is a committee of 18 lawyers and 3 non-lawyers that look into charges filed against lawyers), due to my signing the legal seperation agreement based on what he told me it meant; when it turned out numerous other lawyers I showed the agreement to afterwards had a different interpretation of it than Goldin did
In his written statements to the Committee on Professional Standards, he told some very blatent, very brazen lies, as well as 1 very stupid unneccessary lie. :
First a few brief points; then will go to the major issues against him
- His billing was reasonable; His office is a total mess, totally disorganized; The picture on the website is old; he doesnot have black hair now, he has white hair now ; He seems to go thru secretaries very quickly, for whatever reason. He had several in the time I knew him.
Here's a narrative of my experiences with Goldin : - There was just 1 meeting with the 4 of us (my ex and I and our lawyers); and just a handful of breif conversations between Goldin and the other lawyer, call him S for short. Goldin claimed S almost never returned his calls, etc., but my ex said S told her Goldin told S that I was unwilling to do anything, which was totally false, I was the one pushing every week to get something to happen. So it appears possible one or both of the lawyers was lying on this
- Finally in frustration I filed to get the case before a judge
- There were 2 brief meetings with the Judge, which I was not allowed to participate in
- Goldin told me the Judge said alimoney would be 40% of my gross income (around 75% of my net income) for 5 years, then reviewed after 5 years to determine whether it should be continued or modified or ended. My wife had a disability, which may or may not improve over time, which was the reason for the alimoney
- S wrote up the agreement from this direction. I was not comfortable with the wording
- Goldin assured me not to worry, saying it was extremely likely alimoney would end in 5 years, given the short length of the marraige (my wife left the marraige after 7 years); and this wording would not hurt me.
- Goldin also assured me that if this was brought to trial, his billing would skyrocket, and assured me the judge would order me to pay all of S's billing, as my wife didnot have much money to pay him. Since taking on all that legal billing could have driven me into bankruptcy, given the alimoney amount, and given that the agreement also called for me to take on all debt from the marraige; I agreed to sign this legal seperation agreement.
- A few years later, I started interviewing lawyers for someone to represent me at the 5 year review.I showed all the lawyers (around 12) the legal seperation agreement. None of them were as optimistic as Goldin that the wording of the alimoney clause would not hurt me at the 5 year review, some thought it would be interpreted to mean alimoney should continue indefinitely if conditions had not changed
- Therefore I filed a complaint with the Committee on Professional Standards.
This process basically consists of the Committee taking a nmbr of written statements from me and from Goldin (there isn't really an investigation, they just take statements)
- Here are the lies Goldin wrote to the Committee :
- Goldin wrote that he met with the Judge 5 times. There were just 2 meetings.
- Goldin wrote more than once to the Committee on Professional Ethics that he didnot tell me that alimoney would likely be for about half the length of the marraige; when in reality he told me that over and over again, many times. Thats what he constantly told me.
- Goldin wrote that he frequently told me that my case was a good candidate for lifetime maintenance. Thats the exact opposite of the truth, the reality is he consistantly adviced me that alimoney would likely be assigned for just half the length of the marraige (3 to 5 years). This was actually a really stupid un