We hired Mr. Gould to represent us in our home purchase years ago. Just prior to the closing, Mr. Gould notified us that the current owners of the house wanted to close but then stay in the house after the closing because their next residence wasn't ready yet. We were not comfortable with that, and naturally worried about something happening to them or the property that would be our responsibility. Our former apartment had been rented out as of the closing date, essentially rendering us homeless. We communicated all of this to Mr. Gould, who told us we had no choice and if we backed out of the deal we'd lose our deposit. Can you imagine buying a home for the first time and then being told you have to close but aren't allowed to physically take possession? Per the seller's attorney, Stephen Holden III, unless we agreed to this, the former owners would refuse to show up to the closing and we'd lose our deposit. How ethical was it that the seller's attorney, while looking out for his clients, had no problems putting the screws to us? The details of this cost us an extra $600 in legal fees to Mr. Gould. Surely there must have been something Mr. Gould could have done to better represent our needs, either closing on the date in the contract or getting us out of the deal without losing money, but he did neither and seemed to resent the fact that we felt this arrangement was not acceptable. He violated the trust we had in him to protect our interests.