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Posted by anonymous
I engaged Ms. Agnew to draft a pre-nuptial agreement for me, which she did. While we were waiting for the other attorney to review, she charged me 49 cents for postage each month for multiple months to send me a bill stating that she did NO work on the agreement. Fairly excessive, considering I engaged her with a large retainer fee up front, and in good faith.
Once the other party's attorney reviewed the agreement, it was determined (by that attorney, as well as another who was engaged as a third set of eyes) that the agreement as written by Ms. Agnew was unusable, and not enforceable in the state of PA the way that she had written it. In short, it needed to be completely re-written. Ms. Agnew refused to do that without charging against my retainer. (Despite the fact that the errors were in the document she created, and no fault of mine.)
At that time, I sent an email requesting that Ms. Agnew stop work on the document (as I realized that she was grossly overcharging me, and I still did not have the enforceable legal document that I had paid her to draft). She then charged me $25 to read my one line email, and leave me a 15 second voicemail. I did not respond, knowing that she would again charge me excessively.
In short, due to Ms. Agnew's negligence and incompetence, I had to engage another lawyer to draft an accurate pre-nuptial agreement. Ms. Agnew's egregious overbilling added insult to injury, as I have nothing to show for the large retainer I paid. Unfortunately, in this instance, I engaged an attorney who clearly is more concerned about lining her pockets than the best interests of her clients. I don't want that to happen to anyone else.
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