ARDC Claims Legal Fee Was Unreasonable
One portion of the allegations against this lawyer concern an unreasonable fee. The lawyer represented an 84 year old woman who lived in a retirement community. The lawyer prepared routine estate planning documents and charged her $2500, which was paid. The next several paragraphs of the complaint allege as follows:
“6. Between November 21, 2009 and January 23, 2010, Respondent did no additional work for Mrs. Meyer. In January, 2010, Respondent presented Mrs. Meyer with a statement which described the services rendered as: “Will Review/Possible Changes, Power of Attorney; General, Power of Attorney; Health Care, Review of Stock Portfolio Fidelity Investments, Review of Other Financial documents, Bank Accounts, Etc., Travel to Peace Village, 11-10-2009 and 11-17-2009,” the exact services set forth in the November 18, 2009 statement. Respondent merely added the date of January 23, 2010 and inserted the words “Retainer Fee for 2010.” The amount of the statement was $25,000.