Posted by Cynthia
We have had legal work done by attorney Richard Padgett over the past year, and we are now completing final legal documents with him. First, attorney Padgett was knowledgeable, respectful, and caring while working with our mother in creating her will and managing legal affairs. She wanted to establish a Trust for our father at time of her death. When our mother passed away recently, attorney Richard Padgett met with our family, reviewed the will & guidelines of the Trust, and assisted in establishing the Trust. His office staff was friendly and diligent in completing detailed accounts of funds, bond maturation values, and calculating Trust percentages required of family members. Only issue we had was with an office assistant not getting a letter to out-of-state siblings in timely manner; we weren't expecting (or prepared for) the delay as clock was ticking on my father's medicare coverage running out and transfer to Trust support. (So we ranked "kept me informed" as good.) Otherwise, everything was done well & in reasonable amount of time.
Our mother chose Richard Padgett because he was highly respected in area of elder law. Even though every attorney in Florida says they "specialize" in elder law, he is one of only two attorneys in our area that really specializes in elder law and has actually completed required certification and training in field of elder law. He has been responsive to our family's legal needs, especially considering that our father suffers from dementia. He is current on elder law issues, and he is highly professional in dealing with family members going through challenges at time of loss of a loved one. In the past, over many years I have worked with attorneys in the areas of entertainment law, immigration law, elder law, and real estate law - primarily in the Midwest (Chicago) and Florida - but Richard Padgett is the first Florida attorney that I have worked with in area of elder law. I recommend him and plan to use him to revise my will as well.
Posted by a Guardianship client
Attorney is not out to work with you - it is either his way or the highway - he submits petitions for guardianship without including the reasons as to why the person should be appointed guardian, from which you then receive a lttr from the opposing council requesting a dismissal of petitin because no grounds were state. Although we advised attorney, we had many peoople who actually asked to be subpoened he said that this is not presentted at the "trial" - well if not, and he does not give any fact as to why you should be appointed guardianship, I would oppose it to - he photo copies everything but aparently does not use and of the evidence suporting our claim when he petitions court and then comes back to tell us we will have to negoitate - in our case a dpoa was done illegally as the person in quetion had diagnosis of senile dementia ad unspeified phycosis and a reocation ws done with no competncy exam done before hand.- Attny padgett stated wel itwas different becaue one was criminal and one was civilbut when I printed the 27 pages of the Florid Oct 2011 overhaul passed by Flrida senate, it stats "a" court must fing ou incapacitated whidh is a definition for incompetent accroding to Webster Dictionary and does ssay or define whether it has to be ciil or crimial - just "a " court...........we lost over 2000 for no serivice..
Posted by a Guardianship client
We went to this attorney for one reason - to have a dpoa re insated that was illegally revoked - my Dad was diagnosed with senile dementia and unspecified phycosis and dui charges were dropped against him after the Fl state expert prosecuting phycs examined him for 2 hrs and deemed him incompetan. Feb 2 of this year, the state dropped charges based on the report that they did not feel Dad wwould ever regain competancy. Instead, this attorney steered us to guardianship which we really did not want and 1 month in comes back that same daythe revocation was done a health surrogate was done which I had already predicted a my husband was the executor of Dad's will. He then told us well then our only option was negoition to et my Mother to agree to allow us to have medical information - I thought about this in the acar and realized this woul not do anything for us because our goal was to move Dad closer to us and into a facility we thought was more competant and aring -- Where he is now is not even meeting the state of Fl min nursing staff. Also, Mr Padgett was very irate that I knew all the doa statutes before he even read them - at any rate, when we then read the other attny (who did the revocation) paper work and saw that that attny apparently knew he made an error, he had stated that Dad was deemed competant on the 25th - as I read the report, I realized he did not give him a competency test which lasts over 2 hrs but mini mental exam which is used to dertimine dementia (which the Vas had already declared after numerous ct scans and the fact that theere ws significant side and frontol brain damage which you can not see and also in 10 min my Dad prob would have seemed fine........you need to talk to him for about 25 or more minutes before you realize he is not rememberring what you are saying but at any rate, attny padgett was not understanding my comment that whatever the exam was although this was not the correct one, would be irrrelevnt as it should have been done prior to the revocation, not after. When we requested that we wanted to terminate the attorney, he di curse at my husband.