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Posted by US, a Child Custody client,
Christina Scott offered me a free hour consultation when I called her about my child custody case in May of 2013. She was very attentive, sat with me over an hour, looking over paperwork already filed, promising she would give me the attention my case deserved. She was amazing in the initial meeting, I knew i had to have her on my side. That all which went to hell the moment I handed over $4,500 to her in her 'Flat Rate' Billing agreement.
Once she received my money, I had to email and call her multiple times to get any status on my case, ask her why hadn't she filed documents or provided motions I had asked for. She didn't even bother to let me know she received the money and signed representation agreement when I delivered it to her office.
She operates her office alone, out of a rental suite. Which means, if she's not in the office, there is NO ONE you can talk to about your case. The lady who answers the phones, answers the phones for every office in the building. All she can do is write down a message, and hope Christina calls you back. (She won't call you back, but will charge you for reading the message.)
She rarely responded to emails or phone messages, had to reschedule every court hearing because she was too busy with criminal cases to handle family court cases.
After weeks of frustration with her from lack of communication (which I addressed with her weekly), failing to prepare Temporary Orders that I requested for weeks, failure to even read over the documents I provided her on day one, I decided to fire her.
The nightmare took off from there. She would not return my phone calls until I sent her an email saying I was hiring new counsel, and she was fired. Remarkably, the following morning I received a rambling 3 minute VM from her about the status of my case, that I had been asking for, for over a week! Per our agreement,, I asked her for a billing statement because I knew once I fired her, I would be due some of my $4500 back. I also asked for my complete file as I was hiring new counsel. I also told her not to file anything else on my case, as my new lawyer would.
She continued to file items in my case, EVEN after my new lawyer contacted her and let her know they were representing me. This included incorrect filings, and items I specifically requested she return to me and not file.
She provided a billing statement saying that in three weeks, she had done almost $5,000 in work. I immediately sent her a long email questioning multiple lines of her billing statement, and asking in what increments she billed in. Her entire response and last response I received was short, and I'll paraphrase, "I bill in accordance with industry standards. You will face more charges as I wrap up my work on your case, and I'll provide you with a final billing later."
She didn't respond to a single, detailed billing question that i asked. To this day, she has never responded to my emails requesting a final billing statement and explanation for the multiple billing questions and disputes I had. ( ex: she charged me for phone calls we never had, emails that were never exchanged. Documents she asked me for multiple times, that I provided to her with our billing agreement, and she returned to me with the billing statement). That's just a small example.
She will suck every penny from you if you dare fire her. Her 'Flat Fee' is a farce! Once she has your money, you almost cease to exist to her.
DO NOT HIRE HER! She makes you feel safe, important, like she cares about you and your kid(s), but once she has the money you're screwed!!
Take your business to someone who has a office staff and charges by the hour. I have spent less with my new attorney in the past 8 weeks, then Christina Scott charged me in 3 weeks. And my new lawyer has included court hearing! Christina never saw the inside of the court with my case, but billed me almost $5,000 in 3 weeks!
Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
Refuses to do any actual work, just wants money and won't get any results, find another lawyer or just put your money in a paper shredder.
Posted by michael v, a Criminal Defense client,
takes time and care for every client.Smart fast and gets results quickly.Her quality is hard to find!