Posted by a Probate client
Mr. Hargate failed as the fiduciary and attorney (He so designated himself in the will) for the estate of an elderly relative by not paying property taxes on the home in the estate on time and accruing penalties that he stated “the county would forgive once they knew the house was in Probate”. Mr. Hargate failed to show up for an appointment at the home of the decedent with the beneficiaries to divide personal property. He stated that his vehicle broke down making a subsequent appointment which he nearly missed. Mr. Hargate was on the verge of removal as the fiduciary of the estate twice after being served notice by the courts for not meeting account hearing deadlines (see docket). I (we) gave permission to allocate a sum of money based on a contract Mr. Hargate submitted to the beneficiaries to make specific repairs to the home to enhance its marketability. Some of that specified work was never completed. The ultimate sale of that house also raises questions as it was sold back to plaintiffs from whom the decedent purchased that home just prior to his death (Mr. Hargate represented him as defendant) at a mere fraction of what the plaintiffs were paid for this house as a result of that legal action.
Posted by Paula
Edwin Hargate is my elderly parents lawyer. Trying to get a response from this lawyer is almost impossible. He says he doesn't carry his cell phone with him in his automobile. He also doesn't prepare for his appointments. I called him on a Monday and set up an appointment with him for Friday afternoon. He called 45 minutes before our appointment and asked what paper work I wanted him to bring. I had already told him on Monday when we set up the appointment. He told me he didn't have the paper work because it was in storage. I really think 4 days is enough time to get the paper work out of storage. He never showed up until 2:30, our appointment was scheduled for 1:00pm. I tried calling him several times wondering where he was, when he arrived at my home he told me he doesn't carry his cell phone in his car. He said he was late because he had to stop at the police station to get directions to my home. I gave him my address when we set up the appointment on Monday. This man is a lawyer, he doesn't carry a cell phone or have gps or use mapquest or even use one of those city street map books, he gets his directions from the police station. Unbelievable! I don't know how this man keeps his license.