I retained Kelsey for custody case for little over a month, problems showed just two days prior to my hearing, and I will list it here:
1- Kelsey asked for $2500 retainer that I paid in May.
2- Two days prior to the hearing in June I received invoice stating that there is only $500 left from the retainer and I had to pay another $2500 or risk the lawyer not showing up.
3- The itemized bill had a lot of calls and emails with the opposing counsel, none of which I was made aware of except for a couple.
4- The day of the hearing Kelsey came to an agreement with the opposing counsel and I had some issues there but I won't go into it as I am not sure whether my concerns are legitimate or not
5- She also volunteered (without informing me) to do something that's totally out of her job as a lawyer then sent me a huge bill for that!
5- Yesterday, just a little over a week of that hearing I received an itemized bill showing that I only have left a bit over $800, and a long list showing "calls with the other counsel" that I was never made aware of.
6- The other parent used her constantly as a messenger to claim he informed me of x, y and z and she never informed me of any of that, never told him to stop wasting my money by using her needlessly to relay messages that he can simply text me, and yes I got billed for all that.
7- The issue of the ridiculously high amount of "opposing counsel calls" that I never get informed of -just billed for- was raised with her yet she refused to talk to me about that.
She blew close to $5k in a little over a month ($2300 of which only in the last week) and when I called her office about that trying to understand because you know I'm not a lawyer maybe there was something that I don't know she accused me of threatening because I said I will use my lawful right as a client by taking it up with the legal bar if I have to, and there was no explanation, and no mention of all those charges, I felt that was very condescending and hypocritical given the fact that she didn't have any problem “threatening” to not show up to my hearing if I hadn't come up with $2500 only couple of days before that hearing, I am disappointed, to say the least, I had a lot of respect for her but now I don't.
Michael Niznik, General practice Attorney on Jul 23, 2019 Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Kelsey is a bright, hardworking attorney who understands how to effectively represent her clients. I strongly recommend Kelsey for any general practice or business matter.
Julie Marburger, General practice Attorney on Mar 25, 2015 Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse Ms. Frankowski for estate planning and civil litigation based on her experience in these practice areas. Ms. Frankowski handles each case with the utmost care and respect for her clients. She works diligently to advocate for the best possible outcome for each client.