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Shareholders at my co-op recently received real estate property tax refunds because we have been overpaying our taxes for a period of 7 years. The co-op board hired an outside law firm to do this. Shareholders each received a refund check, minus a 22% fee to the law firm. Three months later, we've received letters from the law firm stating that the checks were dispersed in error. The letter demands not only the amount of the refund but the fee paid to the law firm. Are the shareholders legally obligated to return the funds?I didn't post my question to tax law. I posted it to real estate. The issue isn't that the shareholders were awarded the refunds in error. There's no question that the refunds were dispersed by the town correctly. The refunds were due us. The question is this: the law firm we hired, which is indeed a law firm that specializes in representing co-ops, dispersed the refunds to the individual shareholders directly. Now the law firm wants each individual shareholder to return the refunds for reasons unknown to us. Perhaps to give directly to the coop for the coop to disperse. The law firm demands the amount of the refund check plus the 22% fee that the law firm paid themselves from each shareholder's check. To clarify, my refund was 1522.00, my check amount was 1175. The difference was already paid to the law firm. The law firm wants me to send them 1522.00.