In October 2013 I spoke with Mr. Polizzotto concerning having my sister who had a criminal record removed as Coexecutor of my parents' estate. He stated that he required a $7, 500.00 retainer. After I decided to retain him, I received a call from his young associate, Ms. Cindy Cheung. That was my first and last phone call from her. The remainder of our communication was through emails. After three months and $5,975 in charges, she did not have a petition filed with the Court. Each time she submitted something to the Surrogate Court, the Court sent it back (or so she said). I spoke with Mr. Polizzotto on several occasions about my concerns. He assured me he would follow up with her and get back with me. He never did.
After receiving a motion from my sister's attorney to have me removed as Coexecutor, in total frustration, I dismissed Mr. Polizzotto's associate and retained another attorney. In two weeks my new attorney had a filed petition and a hearing before the Judge with my sister at the cost of $3,081.
I do not recommend that anyone retain Mr. Polizzotto or any associate of his firm. Their incompetence can be very costly.
Response from Alfred Polizzotto August 5, 2014
I am truly sorry that the client was unsatisfied with our firm. Unfortunately, her assertions are not accurate. After our retention in October 2013, there were numerous telephone conferences with the client, multiple drafts of complex relief for removal of her sibling as executor, issue an injunction and surcharge the executor(requiring extensive research). There was extensive communication during the weeks leading to Thanksgiving leading to the filing of the petition on November 15.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Court did not respond until 12/2 informing us that they wanted the various relief divided into two separate motions. The requested changes were made and the motions resubmitted to the client for signature on 12/17. The client returned them to us on 12/20 and they were filed on 12/23. Unfortunately, the sitting Judge on the matter was away for the holiday until 1/2/14. The client discharged my firm on 1/3/14.
I write this only to illustrate that our firm is trustworthy and responsive to our client's input and calls/e-mail. I personally take any complaint seriously and wish the client nothing but gook luck in the future.