Mark M. Childress Law Firm Texas, Review and Complaint
I was very much taken advantage by this. Unethical, scam and deceptive are words that describe what they did.
I paid their $3,000 retainer. I had a no-contest divorce case, no kids, very simple. I made it very clear to them I only need help with the Final Decree, all other forms were already filed and stamped by the court.
This was so simple a paralegal could have done it. They assigned Attorney Brenda Colon to the case. The ONLY thing we needed done was a Final Decree, which was also drafted for them using the official county court form.
Useless actions without notification or consent
Before having one call with me, without my knowledge or consent they resubmitted the exact forms that were already completed and stamped by the courts.
I had no idea they did this until much later, when they finally decided to speak to me on the phone. When I asked why this was done, the answer was because "it looks nicer" (than the official County Court document).
They literally did nothing for me and charged my $1825 (for work I had already completed).
Knowing my case was no-contest and did not need much work they obviously decided to increase billable hours anyway they could, this is the only explanation. Padding the invoice with useless actions that were basically onboarding and resubmitting forms that did not need to be resubmitted.
All was completely unnecessary, without my knowledge or consent and of no benefit to me or my case.
When I discovered this, I immediately canceled the retainer, instructed them to stop all work and return funding. But, they continued to bill me! And charge me another $212!
They still owe me my money and it is illegal for them not to return my retainer after I canceled their service.
What they should do is return the $3k for ripping me off and not helping my case nor looking out for the best interest of a client.
They will take advantage of you and not operate in your best interests.