Posted by Douglas
At initial consultation, was told it could cost me upwards of $1,200 ($500 retainer) to hire him to represent me for:
1. Matters of Divorce
2. Child Support
3. Child Custody
After paying him over $2400, I exhausted my cash assets but Mr. Peterson expressed he was not concerned with that, as the home owned jointly by my wife and I was appraised at $240,000 with less than that stilled owed on it, and my share of marital property assets was considerably more than whatever future billing may entail. None the less, I was billed over another $2500. He did demand a up-front payment of $500 for the Divorce Master, stating (in writing) he would refund that $500 and provide all my case files if he removed himself from my representation (a friend provided a $500 check with memo "for Divorce Master". When I was unable to pay more until after property settlement, he removed himself from representing me and filed a complaint against me with the York County Credit Bureau. In effect, I never received what his letter of retainment stated I had hired him for, in that:
1. He never obtained or provided me with a Divorce Master.
2. He did not attend my Child Support Hearing where I was
ordered to pay $840 per month for 2 daughters, although
I had ZERO income and unable to work due to Disability.
(PA Law provides support payment up to 45% of income).
3. I never received any child custody rights through courts.
SUMMARY: Never received ANY of the 3 items I had hired him for but was billed about $6,000.00 for his "services".
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Peterson was my lawyer for a child custody dispute. We ended up settling out of court, thank the Lord. Mr. Peterson filed some paperwork and charged us 2700 dollars. I think it's a disgrace that these lawyers can pull hours of work out of the air. I am lucky there was no litigation I would be paying this schmuck until I retired.
Posted by anonymous
While he was good with keeping me informed (at times), he was almost spineless in court, and actually was arrogant and condescending at times to both myself, and people supporting me in my case.