It’s just getting depressing. For the fifth time in less than six months I’ve run into a person in Houston who has been taken advantage of by their hired attorney. The professionals we all turn to for guidance and assistance in tough times. I’m finding an increasing number of people who are being shafted by their lawyers. I ran into a Houston woman just today (Wednesday) who paid her attorney thousands of dollars to help her with a serious problem. Now that woman can’t get that attorney to even answer the phone. Every time she calls his office his assistant claims he’s out of town on a case. I made a call to that attorney’s office today and he was there. I met a man about 3 months ago who paid his attorney $3,000 to help him after being wrongly accused. The attorney would never return calls once he got the man’s money. I did a series of stories that eventually got the man’s charges dropped but the attorney walked away compensated for work he did not do. I recently met a couple who paid an attorney several thousand dollars last year to help them address a serious problem with their child. After several scheduled court appearances the attorney never showed up even after getting paid. I could just keep going on and on about this problem that I see more and more with people here in our community. I know there are a lot of reputable attorneys who will go through fire for their clients. But I’m seeing too many instances where people have turned over their life savings to some attorneys who simply won’t do their jobs. It’s almost like a scam. Pay us and we’ll take care of it. Then these careless counselors disappear. Here’s my advice of the day: If an attorney takes your money and won’t do their job, turn them in to the Texas State Bar. I also suggest you show up in front of their office with signs and picket them while they’re in court. That’ll definitely get their attention. Then and only then will these few bad apples finally do their jobs!
Where to file a complaint against a Texas attorney: http://www.texasbar.com/