DO NOT hire this man to handle your probate case. It is our opinion that he is the most unethical and immoral attorney out there. It took him well over a year to get everything done and it was one lie after another when we could get him on the phone. He told us the value of the estate when we first picked up the copy of the will and according to what he told us and what was in the account to disburse it looks as though there is about $200,000 missing! He was not only the attorney for the estate but also the Executor of the will. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM!!! He also added the clause in the will that waives any bond of the Executor and further waives the requirement of filing and inventory or making any accounting to the court. This means he doesn't have to give a full accounting or inventory of the estate. We don't really know how much was in the estate and what happened to it all. AND his wife was the witness to the signing of the will. He gave away personal property of the deceased before offering it to all heirs listed. Every time we spoke to him the story changed and he NEVER followed through on what he said were his intentions throughout the entire process. I guess attorneys get away with things like this everyday but I hope this will keep someone else from having to deal with such an incompetent and negligent attorney.
Response from Leroy Ellis December 20, 2018
NOTICE: This comment was filed by someone who was "consulted" NOT a CLIENT.
I'm very sorry you feel that I did not handle your father's Estate properly. When he wrote the Will he was competent and he named me Executor because of family conflicts which, I think you will agree, are significant. I did this out of respect for your father. You had the right to Object to my appointment as Executor, or your attorney could have objected, but you did not object at any time over the entire course of the 11 months of administration.
While I was Executor, anyone who wanted access to full and complete bank records, and records for the Expenses of Estate Administration need only ask. I would have been happy to provide them to your attorney, and I will be happy to provide them today. You will find that every penny is accounted for and I did not take any fees during the year we spent in administering the Estate. I preserved the assets that existed at the time of death. As you know your father's accounts had been raided prior to his death and that was resolved by written agreement that you signed. What was given to Goodwill or otherwise I was instructed to waive claim to by you and your sisters. There were no other heirs to distribute to.
As for my wife being a witness, this is not unethical or irregular considering size of our community and availability of witnesses.
It took 11 months to complete the administration, Opened Jan. 2018 Distributed in December 2018. Many attorneys do not close an estate until after the 12th month because the Statute of Limitations in Tennessee is one (1) year from the date of death. This is prudent practice.
I admit that I need another employee just to answer and reply to phone calls. I accept this critical comment as valid and will work to do better with future clients. I would remind you that attorneys are forbidden from communicating with someone represented by counsel unless their attorney is present. If you made a call directly to me, while represented by counsel, I will NOT return it.
Because the Estate is closed, If you would like to discuss your concerns, I will be happy to respond in greater detail over the phone or via e-mail.