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Posted by Paul
The previous review sounds like a completely different attorney than Alison. I had a rather difficult case and found her online. It was a new construction purchase and there were a lot of extra things to deal with which were different from the first home I purchased. It was overwhelming at times because there are so many parties involved. I had a realtor, then the lender representatives who seemed to change every day, especially toward the end of the transaction not to mention the Builder’s Office. Alison and her staff keep in touch with all parties for me and made me feel comfortable.
Every step of the way from signing the Contract to working through inspection issues, handling my lender, and answering all of my questions at closing, Alison and her staff talked me through what was going on and why. If I had a question they could not immediately answer they followed up the same day and returned my call even if they did not have additional information to report.
Most important (to some people), was her fee. She charges a flat attorney fee which is very modest compared to the amount of work she put into my file. She discussed the fees I had to pay at the beginning of the relationship and she kept her word. Finally, I have never had an experience with an attorney who works the hours Alison does. She told me "we are not a 9 to 5 office" and they certainly aren't.
At the closing the other attorney who works as her Associate sat with me for three hours to make sure I was completely comfortable with each document I signed (and there were a LOT) of them. She gave me exceptional advice and answered all of my questions and was very patient. The best part was both Alison and her Associate assured me that our relationship wouldn't end at the closing table and that I should contact them at any time for any questions. I have contacted them since then and they always respond.
I would highly recommend Alison to anyone especially in the Edison area. She knows our community and she and her staff really care about their clients.
Posted by Jennifer
I used Alison for the sake of my house based on my realtor's recommendation (big mistake - research your own people), and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I've dealt with attorneys before - for real estate transactions, wills, divorce - and Alison is BY FAR the worst I've ever encountered. The negative reviews are all true. It takes forever to get a response from her, so you constantly have to chase her down with emails and phone calls. She ended up being of if the office for a week and didn't mention it to me. After inquiring 500 times about the inspection report, another attorney in the office logged into her email and saw it had been sitting in her inbox for days, but she didn't have anyone in charge of my case in her absence! Completely negligent.
When you finally do hear back from Alison, she acts like she couldn't care less about you. She is abrasive, short, and downright rude. She's also lazy. She offers no guidance, advise, or strategy, so don't expect much in that regard. She's not a critical thinker. She will merely transfer PDF documents and send you 2-sentence emails.
At points, she seemed mentally impaired. I received a few incoherent emails where she used all-caps on random words, called me the "buyer" ( I was the seller), and threw in a series of random exclamation points, which made me nervous something was wrong. It looked like a ransom note written by a drunk person. I had to reply back saying I don't know what your email means, and someone else in the office had to do damage control and explain what she meant. I was embarrassed for her.
It's true that Alison will never proactively keep you informed. I had to send a ton of emails and CC multiple people to get a response. She's a glorified courier device. When I called her out on this, she got really flustered and told me, "I'll just move your case to someone else, I'm not getting paid anyway." I asked what that meant, and apparently the fee she charges doesn't directly end up in her pocket since they're part of a larger practice, which explains her poor work ethic.
Alison bungled the process and made an already stressful situation unnecessarily difficult. Her apathy infuriated me. So much so, that during closing, she actually got loud with me in front of my 6-year-old daughter. Apparently, the fact that I had a lot of questions before I was willing to sign the paperwork annoyed her. I told her it was her job to answer questions. She continued with her belligerent attitude and I finally asked her to excuse herself from my case, because I wanted another attorney in the office to do my closing instead.
Posted by Conrad
Alison Kosberg handled a real estate closing with satisfactory results. She or a staff person responded on the same day when called or e-mailed. All paperwork was correct and received on time. Her office was easily reached, nicely furnished and accessible.
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