I hired him to evaluate the HOA CC&R's and problem with the neighbor. he said he will call me to understand the case and review the CC&R's. he never called me,he did not read the Cc&R's. He send me an recommendation that did not even address the problem I had initially called him for. He said I can ask him any question regarding his recommendation for free. When I emailed him my questions. he asked me to send him another $500. he did not return the answeres to my questions. I was more lost and confused and had more question than before I had called him. His never understood the case and never addressed the issue I had contacted him for
Response from James Greer December 9, 2017
This "client" was unprofessional and now has slandered my good reputation. First, she induced me to perform with a $750 retainer check that never had funds in the account and went NSF the day after I performed all of the contracted tasks. Second, I agreed to perform 2.5 hours (for said $750) for "review, analysis, recommendation"; I received and reviewed 88 pages of her neighbor and HOA dispute documents and her CCRS (1.0hrs), then drafted a 4-page Client Memorandum replete with analysis of all the disputes and claims presented to me in her "packet" and my recommendations (4 in all) for the legal steps she could consider (1.5hrs). At that juncture I had completed my contracted work. Next, I took her phone call wherein we spoke for 54 minutes and I answered ALL of the questions posed (this work was FREE as a courtesy to her). Minutes afterward she bombarded me with emails asking for more legal analysis of completely new subject matter, to which I politely informed her that these new (and odd) pursuits would require additional retained funds. The adage is true: "you help people for free, it comes back to bite you". All told, she has defrauded me out of the contracted fee of $750.00, the NSF Fee of $22.00, and the extra hour of advice beyond the contracted work. My 30-year career of providing highly respected legal work, together with serving as a volunteer in community service, should be weighed substantially more favorably than this rude and unprofessional outlier.