Handling fathers estate here in Florida since Mid-July.
My concerns center on the paralegal.
She is not on top of everything. Her desk is flooded with paperwork, shit everywhere. About two months ago- two months- I asked her where we were with the billing. At first, she would gently by-pass with a gentle, I'm behind and I will get back to you.
Last week, I went to pick up the court orders to open an estate account ( she stated she would have happily emailed me them to me :).
Within my visit, she appeared nervous as when asked again about the money, exclaimed something about having problems with the system, bullshit, bullshit.
This Tuesday, I emailed the lawyer asking for a detailed billing report. As I have pretty much handled the transferring of assets myself, reached out to IRA and IBM (stock), sold car, all the other BS, they're simply doing the bare minimum in terms of waiting on the courts, which in her verbiage is months behind.
No email back from lawyer.
Personally, this isn't a complicated estate. I realize it is a dysfunctional process- by definition. I also think that the paralegal is in over her head and my email to the lawyer prompted a confrontation/or conversation between the lawyer and her as to where we are with this. And, she hasn't been keeping up.
Today, I called her to...you Guessed it. Talk about where we are with the money. She actually seemed perky to hear my voice then stated that they have to have their computer system upgraded, replaced. You can't make this shit up.
This lawyer was recommended to my father. Great reviews. Met with him after Dad passed and he was fantastic.
What are my options here? Chill and let this process play out? At the end of the process and everything should be done within say two months but the lack of communication is really starting to piss me off.
At 250/hr, don't want to set up a meeting with lawyer to ask where are we only to be met with- we're working on it.
Is it standard practice for the lawyer to keep in contact with the client on the billing say every quarter?
I'm fearful that the billing is going to be jacked up due to the lack of organization on her part and how do I fight that if I feel I have done much of the work, and I have other than faxing paperwork to the court.
Would speaking with the judge be helpful?
Sorry to vent.