clock May 9, 2013 16:21 by author Marc
Getting a license to practice law in California is unfortunately far too easily accomplished and consumers are all too frequently victimized by incompetent and unethical attorneys. In a profession not known to begin with for it’s ethics, the downturn in the industry has sadly even dropped the bar lower for many attorneys. Many attorneys, in order to deal with their own economic hardships, expand their practices into areas that they are not qualified in. Many attorneys, in order to deal with their own economic hardships, compromise the representation of their clients in ways that cause the clients to incur fees for no reasons. Atytorneys with unsophisticated clients may victimize their clients for many years and may in fact never be exposed for the harm they cause to their clients and even those unfortunate enough to be on the opposite side of a case with an incompetent attorney. I have witnessed countless times consumers go to an attorney for protection of a certain type, pay the attorney for services, and be worse off than had they not sought the help of an attorney at all. I see this in family law wherein there is massive incompetency in the field and I also see this in real estate where many attorneys rely on their client’s naivety to run up bills that in many cases leave their clients in a worse position than had the services not been provided. There is no decision to be made more carefully in a legal matter than the choice of counsel. If a client has doubts about their attorneys’ competency, they should take these doubts seriously and investigate them with other counsel. Sadly, even when an attorney is confronted with mistakes they have made which have harmed their client or others, it is highly unusual for them to ackowledge their error and fix it.
At the Law Offices of Marc Grossman, I am protecting the reputation handed down to me of four generations of Grossmans in the Inland Empire and know that there is nothing more important that I will leave for my children. The core of who we are is “Smart” and “Honest” lawyers which seems to be a rare commomdity now days.
Post Script – August 21, 2013 – There was a particular attorney who inspired the above article. It turns out we have a mutual friend/client who came to me looking for advice about whether or not he had a lawsuit and whether or not he could file a Lis Pendens. As soon as I heard the facts, I was able to tell him without hesitation and unequivocally that he did not have a solid claim and that he had absolutely no right to file a Lis Pendens. I’ve now found out that my friend ended up hiring this attorney who inspired this article and they did file a lawsuit and a Lis Pendens. The Lis Pendens was summarily ordered to be removed when challenged as it only could have been filed by someone who utterly failed to understand what a Lis Pendens is in the first place. I’ve also learned that this attorney now brands himself on his letterhead as being a “Real Estate” lawyer – this is just sick. As a result of the incompetence of this attorney who now holds himself out as a real estate expert, a questionable lawsuit was filed, a property was tied up, tens of thousands of dollars were WASTED on attorney fees fighting over a Lis Pendens that only existed as a result of the attorney’s utter ignorance of the law and all stemming from some client’s poor choice of counsel. At the end of the day, everyone involved will lose except for the attorney who has created income for himself through incompetence. Sadly, attorneys like this will continue to ilk out small four figure sums from unsuspecting clients and sometimes more, causing collateral damage in similar sums to others who get saddled with the unnecessary fees and burdens that accompany his incompetence. In all likelihood, the sums he causes others to lose through his incompetence or lack of ethics will never be recoverable and he will not be held accountable until he does something which causes massive damage to someone which seems all but a certain eventuality. This is a small town folks – ask around, check references, and remember anyone can call themselves anything they want to whether or not they can walk the walk.