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.
Posted by Cathy
I never had any professional in any field work so hard for me and keep me fully informed every step of the way. I have read some of the negative reviews and cannot believe we are talking about the same attorney. Their opinions I can only attribute to possible miscommunications or temporary misunderstandings, or worse, intentional sabotage by a competing firm or someone else with bad intentions like a former employee. Alison represented me in three transactions. Two home purchases and a sale in between. One of the purchases was a very messy deal and almost fell apart yet she displayed great professionalism and great compassion. She is extremely hand-on and communicative. I highly recommend here.
Posted by anonymous
Alison and her staff have represented me in a few real estate transactions. I cannot imagine any attorney that works harder on behalf of her clients. Sometimes she seems to be on call 24/7. Many times, I know she is in her office until 10PM. She is also sending out emails at all times and days including weekends. She is great.
Posted by anonymous
I am online wondirng if I could sue this Kosberg and her team for mal practice. Her team would respond to you after a day or two but never her. When she finally responded days later, she seemed disinterested and not supportive. I told her I was a 1st time home owner and would need her to be attentive. This did not happen. I actually called and said I didnt want to take the house afterall and she actually said to me 'but what about the realtors'?! WTH? Who does she work for? I wanted additional monies off a house with a long laundry list of issues found by the inspection and her office told me that the seller would not go for it and that I couldnt ask for more! She potentially costs me thousands! Stay away.
Posted by anonymous
I want to admit first: I was naive and stupid. Learned my lesson! I think I paid hefty price though. Got her name through my realtor(you shall NEVER do that). It is my first house purchase so you know why. I am buying a really old house. I like the style of the house but my inspector found a lot of issues. I was hoping to negotiate some money back for the extensive repair/replacement I am expecting to do in the very near future:very old windows, cracked roofing pieces, almost dead water heater/a/c unit, garage door repair/roof replacement etc. The attorney didn't make any real effort to help me negotiate. very slow response to my calls/concerns. In more than 1 occasion, it took more than 2 days to hear back from her.When I got the response of the sellers via my realtor, I called the attorney's office and they didn't even know the response had arrived! I closed on the house but I am not happy about the whole experience. Had I hired a decent lawyer, I believe I would have got AT LEAST $5000-7000 credit(those repairs are very expensive).
I see there are some positive reviews out there. Maybe she used to be more client focused. I can only speak for my own experience. I wouldn't recommend her to anybody.
Posted by Martin
Alison's office recently represented me in a real estate closing. I was very satisfied with the services provided by she and her staff. They seem to work long hours and weekends so even if I didn't get an immediate callback, it wasn't a major concern. She was a top notch pro.
Posted by anonymous
I would not recommend this attorney to anyone. I hired this attorney for my real-estate needs. Whole process was very difficult. She never replies the emails. She was very laid back and never kept me informed about my case until I called her office or sent her numerous emails. She didn’t reply. Once I called her office, always said she is busy. The person take of her office business are not professional. It takes so long time to review the contract and get the response. Once something happened she does not even try to protect her clients. She was not even put any efforts to save clients deal with the seller. She did the little work and request for whole payment. Finally I had to cancel the deal with spending so much money in loan and other activities, her office done nothing to protect the clients. On overall, a very poor experience.
Posted by anonymous
The services offered by this attorneys office is absolutely ridiculous, with no level of ethics of professionalism. I hired this attorney for my real-estate needs and explained to her well in advance that I will require hand holding as I am a first time home buyer. The attorney did nothing to offer her service and was very non-responsive and never came on the phone when called at her office. Also, she does nothing to fight for or protect her clients rather her office advises verbally that the seller will not do this or that. Please avoid this lawyer by all means as she is really goo for nothing. She was also very laid back and never kept me informed about my case until I called her office or sent her numerous emails through out the day. She also did not coordinate with my lender properly and failed to send documents required in a timely manner. Overall, a very poor experience.