The 9 months I had engaged Mr. Colletti, I constantly felt as if I had hired the opposing lawyer. I regret giving him the benefit of the doubt early on, as it was too late to fire him later. It was an utterly frustrating experience. Due to limited word space, I would, in short say, I could only see Mr.Colletti having a negative impact on my case and decided that I would be better off accepting the opposing party's demands at a substantial loss than have Mr. Colletti represent me in trial. After the divorce, my ex told me that Mr. Colletti was unresponsive to their request to prepare settlement documents and therefore had to file a motion for a hearing. I was not willing to pay Mr. Colletti's charges for an unnecessary appearance in court just to have him do his job and therefore pestered him to complete the documents. The documents would keep coming with errors. Two months after the divorce, the documents were prepared and presented the night before the hearing. I understood if I did not sign the documents as they were, I would be paying for his time at the hearing the next morning. At this point, I trusted the opposing consul more than Mr. Colletti and signed the documents, only to later find out that Mr. Colletti yet left out a crucial document that he was to prepare. Now the opposing party had all the documents they needed from me but I was left wanting the document I needed from them. A month passed by and Mr. Colletti's office bills me over 6K for preparation of documents that were not completed and moreover, they were to take only 2.5 hrs of his time and 1.5hrs of his paralegal's time. I had always suspected Mr. Colletti's billing practices but this time I had the expected time for the job by email. Upon my questioning and seeking explanation, Mr. Colletti resigned from the engagement in protest telling me to get the document signed by myself. Since then, my ex has missed on mortgage payments effecting my credit score. The Deed of Trust (which, against my will Mr. Colletti insisted I signed as the judge would force it in trial) does not have a time limit for my ex to takeover the mortgage, thus tying my financial fate with my ex’s actions for the next 20 years. I approached the Trustee’s office appointed by Mr. Colletti to seek remedy, however; I was told by their office that they were unaware of being the Trustee, they do not perform such services and handed me a lawyer referral service number to call. During my engagement with Mr. Colletti, I had to consult with other lawyers and had to read every document prepared by him carefully to point out errors. I also regret engaging the appraiser recommended by him and feel fortunate that I did not engage the accountant he recommended.
Response from Sam Colletti May 21, 2019
Oh good grief. So many facts and circumstances have been conveniently left out of this self-serving narrative. This verges on libel. I cannot go into detail refuting these accusations because of my duty of attorney-client confidentiality. I continue to work hard for all my clients and solve problems as effectively and efficiently as possible.