Q: Pay $13.000 + 4.000.00 retainer fee to be belittled by your lawyer and in front of his peers. Is this common practice?
Dad has Dementia. Im his daughter, POA, lived, cared for him for 2 years by myself until he fell. He has a living will, trust,etc. In the VA Hospital for 1 year. "Now, It's my fault dad will not get the waiver for assisted living because I failed to supply a list of items on time, I WILL incur more charges". These items arrived by email, 2 weeks ago, several which are provided by the state, will arrive within 30 days. Dad has not yet been asessed or approved for a waiver.Applications extend into October and November. Mentally disabled, stressed and overwhelmed is an understatement. I feel bullied, harrassed. We wanted to avoid probate court. Number one priority here was to transfer dads mobile home and his car as a gift from him, the state of Minnesota won't allow me to do so as his POA, AIF. I could lose dads home, his car, my benefits because nothing is written in stone. I have lost all respect and no desire whatsoever to do business with this lawyer any longer.
Your perspective on this may or may not be skewed. One way to find out would be to obtain a second opinion from another attorney. This forum is not a way of obtaining a second opinion. For that you would need to consult an individual attorney and provide ALL of the background information and chronology. Expect to pay a reasonable consultation fee because this will probably require at least a couple hours of attorney time, maybe more.
Also, you always have the right to fire your attorney. Chances are you will be entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your deposit, but that depends on the precise wording of the engagement letter/agreement. A second attorney can also give you advice on that.
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