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Carl S. Chu

Family Attorney at Fishkill, NY

4.1   9 reviews

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Licensed for 37 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status License Administratively Revoked
Acquired 1985
Updated 03/07/2023

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Carl S. Chu
725 Route 9
P.O. Box 438
Fishkill, NY, 12524-1388


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Posted by Gregory | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I’ve used Carl Chu as my Real-Estate attorney twice. He’s awesome. Does a great job and everything went smoothe both times. His paralegal Jeff is also great. Both made me feel like i was right at home in their office and I was extremely comfortable with their business. They advised me well. ;)
Posted by Josh | December 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Counselor Carl should be your real estate guy!!
Both Carl and his para Jeff made us feel like we were their only clients. Phone calls or messages were always answered immediately, and we were always aware of what was happening now and what to expect next. We were able to pre-sign closing docs and move 2500 miles away while Cartl handled all transactions and even deposited our check in our bank. Any time an issue was raised by the opposite side, we referred it to Carl and never heard any more about it. If you want an absolutely hassle-free, hands-off transaction (and who doesn't), and you want to sleep at night knowing that somebody who knows the score is watching your back, thus is your guy.
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Posted by Yu Tang | March 21, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Counsel!
We first met Mr. Chu when he represented the seller of the house we bought in 1999. A few years later he became our Attorney in a re-financing deal. But he impressed us as a very respectable professional, very knowledgeable, and a great communicator. He is very patient in answering our questions and certainly had his client's interests in mind when providing advice. More recently, I was in a legal debate with a healthcare provider, a potentially malpractice case. Mr. Chu is the only Attorney who came to mind when I sought legal advice. He patiently listened to my description of the case, asked a few key questions. After hearing the facts, he advised that the provider should be wise enough to reimburse the costs incurred, rather than for me to pay an Attorney to fight the lengthy battle in court. Mr. Chu provided his advice completely without charging us any consultation fee.... Following his advice, I went ahead to fix the problem caused by the provider's negligence, and then I presented to the provider the costs incurred for the fix, and ask them for reimbursement. The provider did comply although it took them 4 weeks to do so. This saves us a lot of trouble and costs to go through legal procedure while getting us completely compensated for the cost of the fix. Thank you Mr. Chu!
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Posted by Joe | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Integrity and Proffessionalism
Mr Chu is a talented lawyer with a strong work ethic that is motivated to assist his clients. He did my closing with no surprises or issues. He thoroughly explained all details whether I asked him to or not. I would recommend him anytime.
Posted by Chris F. | April 10, 2014
Professional to say the least.
Retained Carl for Real Estate Closing. Was very thorough and Professional. Felt like he was looking out for my behalf. No hidden fees, no run around and delays which I have experienced with other Lawyers in the past. He and his assistant Jeff were a pleasure to deal with. Would recommend.
Posted by CM | April 3, 2014
Thank you for a wonderful transaction! Great Real Estate lawyer!
My wife and I were first time home-buyers and we could not have asked for a better attorney to guide us through what can be a very stressful time. Carl explained everything that we could expect from Point A-Z the first time we met him to review contracts, which helped us really understand the process. Carl also went above and beyond to resolve issues that arose with our difficult lender. We also had problems with poor water and radon tests and Carl addressed those issues promptly with the seller's attorney, and saved us money in turn. I'm so thankful to my realtor for recommending Carl, and I have recommended him to my friends and colleagues as well.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2013
Highly recommended!
Carl has represented me as a buyer and as a seller on several transactions. His attention to detail is second to none, and his office staff is also quite helpful and knowledgable. Carl carries my highest recommendation, and I look forward to doing more business with him in the future.
Posted by Chris | December 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A True Piece of work
I worked with Carl on an ongoing family court matter. From our initial phone call. His intent and misconduct was blatantly observed. Our case was messy and long drawn out. When I tried to give Carl a summary of the history of our case. He replied "... I'm not interested in any history, when I want history I'll ask for it.". He went on to say " I'm here to reel you in Mr ......., I'm a 30 year friend of Judge -----, & I have trained both opposing counsel and the attorney for the child". ( Glad I took a friend's advice and recorded our conversation.). Although we met under pandemic and at a time social interaction was greatly limited. Carl refused to share an email. For purposes of correspondence. He advised me " If you have something to say write me a letter". When I wrote and sent certified letters to his office. They were forwarded to Teterboro NJ. The office address he provided is for a building that has been vacant for sometime. I tracked my certified letter to a post office in Hopewell. After intercepting my own letter. I was able to glean his actual office address. Which when Google searched. Comes up listed as a vaccum company. Carl refused to acknowledge my petitions, failed to come up to speed on my case, and even blew off our deadline for discovery. He files a motion to be relieved as my counsel. Stating he was well versed as to the facts and circumstances of our case. Upon his exit . I requested a copy of my file. Carl issued me a hand full of documents. Although our case had been ongoing for years and the files I have contains hundreds of documents. Carl is a the equivalent of a "hitman" for the Dutchess County Family Court. I documented instances where he did not confer with me prior to, or after appearances. There was even an instance where he didn't show for court. Oddly on that day and representing myself pro se. I was able to get the current petition dismissed. I am not the only person Carl has done this too. But I can assure you the buck stops here. I will use any and all documentation I have obtained and retained. To ensure he is no longer allowed to operate in this fashion. The detailed grievance I have compiled against Carl. Complete with audio files of his blatant misconduct. Will be filed with the Bar and any and all governing bodies. In hopes of ending this criminal behavior, and / or drawing the much needed attention. To the broke Dutchess County Family Court system. Which grossly misuses their power and is in desperate need of reform . If your are thinking of working with Carl, or Carl is appointed as your counsel. Do yourself a favour. Find someone else, or represent yourself. As Carl has one agenda. His own. See you at the bar hearing Carl! Can't wait to hear how you articulate your argument against your recorded statements.....!
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2013
Do not use Carl Chu Law
I used him to close my property in NY. I did not see the HUD numbers until the very last moment of closing. Have no time to verify it at all. Found a mistake later on about $200, who knows where that money go. He is kind of force you to do things his way. Charge $500 for avoid disclosure, even though I told him I will fully disclose property information, he still charge that fee at closing. I would not recommend him at all!
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Response from Carl Chu November 25, 2014
Dear Ms. X. Z., I am sorry that you are disappointed with my representation. I wish that you had contacted me directly to address the issues rather than choosing to use an online forum in an attempt to intentionally create a negative impact on my business. In addition, provided that you have chosen AVVO as the place to voice your concerns, please allow me to address your concerns via this same forum in turn. 1. “I did not see the HUD numbers until the very last moment of closing.” “Found a mistake later on about $200, who knows where that money go.” This is an incorrect statement as you received the financial figures via email 2 days prior to closing. My office also went over the closing figures with you over the telephone several times prior to closing and kept you updated throughout the actual closing. We also reviewed the HUD numbers after closing and you raised no objections so I am confused as to your statement regarding a mistake about $200.00. In addition the HUD is reviewed for errors by several attorneys prior to and at closing. In reference to your statement about the mistaken $200.00 fee, I reviewed this with you immediately after closing. This fee was for the drafting of the power of attorney per your instructions as you chose to not attend the closing. You were insistent about having the power of attorney in place from our initial meeting. As the seller’s attorney, I do not prepare the HUD, and I do not receive the final HUD until I am actually at the closing table. 2. “Charge $500 for avoid disclosure, even though I told him I will fully disclose property information, he still charge that fee at closing.” You are referring to the Property Condition Disclosure Statement. I did not charge you that fee at closing. That is credit that you as the Seller chose to give to the purchaser at closing rather than providing the Property Condition Disclosure Statement, which had to be given before contracts were drafted. We discussed this before contracts were sent out and you chose to give the credit rather than providing the disclosure. 3. I would also like to remind you that your property was burglarized and vandalized with racial epithets 24 hours prior to closing and we were still able to close the deal as scheduled on August 28, 2013. As you will recall, the purchasers wanted to hold back $5,000.00 in Escrow, and through extensive negotiations with the purchaser’s attorney including into the late night hours before closing day, I was able to avoid any money being held back in escrow. 4. As you may also recall, you signed a retainer agreement that specified that I could charge you at a rate of $300.00 an hour in addition to my normal fee if any problems arose at or prior to closing. As mentioned above there were several unusual occurrences including a burglary, and vandalism indicating hate crime and I did not charge you one cent extra. As I told you after the closing, this was an unusual closing, which took three hours to complete and I also did not charge you anything extra despite the additional time spent. In closing, I would like to address the crux of the matter, which was that you were unhappy with the charge for the Power of Attorney that you insisted on, and which we discussed prior to and after closing. It is unfortunate that you have to malign me on this forum in an attempt to damage my reputation.
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Carl S. Chu
Family Attorney
Fishkill, NY
Licensed for 37 years