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Posted by Bobby, a Trusts client, Flag
I interviewed Ms. Baumann over three years ago when I was searching for an attorney to handle some family trust issues. She assured me that the first visit was a no charge "meet and greet" so that we could discuss my needs and see whether we were a good fit for each other. I did not think anything was suspicious since I had already met several other attorneys who also had offered an initial free consultation.
After meeting with her I had a gut feeling that I shouldn't use her. Don't get me wrong, there was nothing overtly wrong with her and she seemed pleasant enough, but something inside of me told me that she was not someone I should trust with our family legal matters.
Regardless of the actual reason, I always try to listen to my gut feelings since it has protected me in the past. I ended up with one of the other attorneys I had interviewed and have been just thrilled with the service he has provided.
Fast forward to three years later, lo and behold, I receive a billing statement from Ms. Baumann for the one hour "free" consultation we had in 2009. Due to the lateness of this bill, I can only surmise that either:
1) Her definition of "Free Initial Consultation" means that it is free only if you end up retaining her as counsel.
2) Her practice is doing poorly financially and now she must go back and bill all the "Free Initial Consultations" she did in the past.
3) All of the above
I showed her bill to my present attorney who basically laughed and said "pathetic." He recommended that I report her to the California Bar Association. Since I am not that kind of person I will do no such thing.
I am willing to say that if you use her be aware that she most likely will not have your best interest at heart. I am glad I listened to my gut feelings three years ago.