Mr. Knopp did not disclose his fees until I received a bill for his services. I was referred to his practice and made my first phone call to his office where I talked with his secretary explained my situation and was told he was not available and would call me back. Mr. Knopp called me back but I was not available so he talked with my wife, told her it was going to be cheap to plat some land. I called Mr. Knopp back the next day and suggested we set up a meeting, he agreed. I was charged 30 minutes of his time for each of these calls without my knowing of his fees nor that I was being charged. Before, during nor after the meeting was I informed of his fees other than it would be a $1000.00 retainer fee which I did not pay since I did not hire him.
I hired and paid Ted Knopp a large retainer to file my case and file a Motion for an autopsy on my father’s body. He fled my case in the State Court, Wilson County District Court. He should have filed it in Federal Court.* When I later pressed him on my request, Mr. Knopp told me. “We should not file a Motion for an Autopsy as it would inflame your siblings.” They were defendants, and my adversaries in the case. Mr. Knopp filed the first Petition/Complaint in the case. He then failed and refused to aggressively pursue the case. He failed and refused to take forward moving pro-active action with Motions for Discovery and Depositions in the case. Lawyer/defendant Gary A. Nelson was the aggressive moving party throwing the punches in the Case. He was fighting for my share of a $2,000,000, and he got it. Ted Knopp was the bumbling weak kneed stumble bum who sat through my deposition, and my son’s deposition that was conducted by Lawyer Nelson and his wife co-defendant co- conspirator Tonia Nelson, my sister June’s daughter. Lawyer Knopp sat through our depositions like a knot on a log costing me $4.00 per minute while Nelson and his wife Tonia obtained information from us that they later used against us by deceitful manipulation and distortion of the facts and Lawyer Nelson later committing perjury in the case. Mr. Kopp should have filed Motions to depose lawyer Nelson, his wife Tonia and the other defendants in the case. He should have taken aggressive action. He should have been asking the questions instead of Lawyer Nelson. Lawyer Knopp only reacted to various Motions for Discovery and Depositions from my adversary, forward moving aggressor Leavenworth Lawyer Gary A. Nelson. Lawyer Nelson was a defendant in the case representing himself and his wife (both names on the deed) and all the other defendants, except Chanute Lawyer John Rubow who is represented by Ft. Scott lawyer Steve Doering. Attorney Knopp focused the majority of his time and effort on discussing his fees, and writing letters to me asking for more money, and yet more money. He wasted a lot of his clients funds attempting to consolidate the Neosho County Probate Case with the Wilson County Civil Case. My father lived in Wilson County and passed in Neosho County. The reason Lawyer Knopp gave me for taking this ill advised, costly and misguided action was as follows. He told me that Attorney Chuck Apt had told him the following. ”Get the case out of Neosho County because the Executor Defendant in the Case lawyer John Rubow and Neosho County District Court Judge Tim Brazil are to close.” Mr. Knopp told me that we would lose in front of Judge Brazil. The Magistrate denied Lawyer Knopp’s Motion to Consolidate and move the probate case to Wilson County. The time and money wasted on this expensive detour should have been spent on deposing the Defendants and Discovery and other issues to move the case forward. He was more interest in running his clock than he was winning the case. Finally my older brother Ivan Lee Fail wrote a derogatory and threatening letter to my alleged Lawyer Ted Knopp telling him that his practice would suffer if he continued to represent me. Shortly thereafter Lawyer Knopp withdrew from my case and filed a Lien against my case for yet more legal fees. Shortly before he withdrew Mr. Knopp had told me that he thought the defendants were good people and he suggested that I settle the case for whatever the defendants would give me out of the goodness of their hearts. I approved of a settlement offer suggested by Ted Knopp to the Defendants which represented about 10 cents on the dollar. He received word back from Lawyer from Gary A. Nelson telling us the following. “The defendants decided not to dignify your offer by responding.” We discovered that the defendants have no goodness in their hearts.