Took my retainer and failed to adequately represent me. Doesn't appear to have any useful knowledge of bankruptcy law, nor the legal process. Gave incorrect legal advice and did more harm than good. Non-responsive to phone calls and e-mails.
Response from Bruce Boice March 22, 2011
The attorney-client relationship is privileged. Therefore without getting into the specifics, this particular client failed to show up for several office appointments, did not return my calls, did not take my legal advice, and I proved legal services at no charge.
This client was unemployed so I reduced my fees. The initial filing was a Chapter 7. Client was informed that secured assets had to be paid or they could be repossessed or foreclosed on. Client obtained employment and I advised client that by converting to a Chapter 13 they could keep the home. I converted the case to a chapter 13. Client was advised to pay for home, car and trustee fees. I also asked the client for additional fees since client was now gainfully employed. Client promised payment but avoided my communications. I filed all required documentation with the court for a Chapter 13.
I advised client I would not proceed any further without a new fee agreement in place. Client became upset. I refused to work with client. All Chapter 13 documentation was completed and the attorney client relationship had broken down. The only thing left to do was to make court appearances. I asked client to sign a substation of attorney and the client did.
My fees are low. I charge $750 for a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 starting at $1500. I also work pro bono or reduce fees depending on the situation. Therefore if I say I am going to work a chapter 7 for a reduced fee I will keep my word. However, if EXTRA legal services are requested beyond our original agreement, I reserve the right to charge for those services.