Morkos Law Group – Lawyer in Palo Alto, CA

I don't know what John Morkos is like billing by the hour, but for fixed-fee services, he is UNRESPONSIVE and LACKS ATTENTION TO DETAIL. I strongly urge avoiding hiring John as your attorney.I hired John for a prenup. He offered a fixed rate of $650. My fiancee and I did not have a complex situation; I even had a pre-written draft of the prenup ready to review on Day 1. John assured me his fee covered counseling, advice, negotiation, and attorney certification.Before I hired (and paid) John, he was very responsive. When I asked about things like what his fee covers, he responded within a couple hours, sometimes minutes.Once I paid him, problems began.1. John does not respond to email in a timely way. He takes 1-2 days to respond to every email. Not a huge problem, except:2. When he did respond, his emails were a mere 1-2 sentences long. They frequently failed to answer the question asked. When I emailed back clarifications, it would take 1-2 days for every round-trip of clarifications. This quickly burned time as my fiancee and worked toward our deadline.3. John never answers the phone. Ever. It's always his assistant, even when you call back moments after he left a voicemail, or seconds after he sent an email.4. When you schedule a call with John, he often calls early or late. Sometimes, he called 20 min early of our scheduled appointment, other times an hour late. I am a busy professional w/ my own deadlines and schedules. I'm not just waiting around for my phone to ring, able to hop on 20 min early or an hour late. John's failure to adhere to his schedule disrespects his client's time.5. On phone calls, John doesn't "lead." A good attorney leads by saying: "I noticed in your draft, clause A and B. Here are things to keep in mind about clause A. Btw, do you really want to phrase clause B like that? Here's the implication." That's helpful. By contrast, I felt John's sole goal was to get me off the phone as fast as possible. He'll say: "What questions do you have for me?" You as the client must have all the questions, or else he will have nothing to advise you. But as a client, you don't know what you don't know. That's exactly why you hire an attorney — to advise you. John was almost worthless in this regard.6. John does not draft anything, even minor word changes. Too bad I didn't specify that his fee cover AT LEAST minor drafting. John would say, "you need to include XYZ in your contract." Then I'd have to search on Google for examples of that contract language. Then I'd have to send it back for review, which (from 1-4 above) resulted in more delays and unhelpful emails / phone calls.7. John doesn't seem to read opposing counsel markup. When opposing counsel sent a marked-up document of edits, I reviewed them in great detail and teed up questions, like: "what does this legal reference mean?" and "should I be worried about that clause?" — John's responses were: "that's boilerplate, don't worry," or "I don't know, I have to look that up," or simply "I have no idea." What the hell are you paying for with these kind of answers? Even if it's just boilerplate, if it FEELS MATERIAL to the client, it's the attorney's JOB to EXPLAIN it. Thoroughly. That's what an advisor does. My prenup may be one of 1000 he's handled, but it's hopefully the only one I will ever draft, so for me the consequences are FOR LIFE. John fails to treat clients in a way that respects this vulnerability / empathizes with it.8. John does not frame options; YOU must come up with all the options. John just says, "You could do that," or "Yes, that's an option." For example, negotiating spousal support, John provided no assistance either framing or recommending options. A good attorney will say: "Here are some ways to structure this. Of these 3 options, I recommend X, because of Y reasons." The client WANTS to hear this rec. Sure, I may not ultimately follow it – that's my choice – but a rec gives me a better understanding of how to think about the issues. That is the difference between an advisor vs. a scribe. John is NOT an advisor. He's more like a computer program that spits out errors with no helpful explanations, or "Yes, that option is acceptable."9. John does not negotiate. His fee includes negotiating, but he never once picked up the phone to negotiate for me. I had to communicate directly to opposing counsel, or through my fiancee. The only time he emailed them was at the end to send his attorney certification.10. John makes REALLY careless mistakes. When sending opposing counsel his attorney certification, he sent the wrong freaking document, even though I emailed him a clear note saying: "USE THIS DOCUMENT." My fiancee and I were up against our deadline; John was the sole bottleneck for DAYS. He was slow to respond to my / opposing counsel's emails. When he did respond, he sent the wrong damn document. This CAUSED US TO MISS OUR DEADLINE. We had to reschedule EVERYTHING. His attention to detail SUCKS.

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California Traffic Tickets – Lawyer in Palo Alto, CA

Called in pretty panicked about my ticket. Signed up but backed out shortly after the call because I took an extension! The process of reversing the transaction was rough because It seems they act quickly, but management got involved to remedy the situations and a few calls later, it was all good.I'll be giving them a call in the future to handle the ticket but thank god for extensions cause moneys tight!Props to Joel for calmly talking me through the ticket legal process!

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Robles & Tantraphol PLC – Lawyer in Palo Alto, CA

Shop around and think twice before you decide to hire Raymund F. Robles as your lawyer. I trust all poeple's positive reviews on Yelp andAvvo.comand I got screwed by his unreasonble super extra hourly charge -his result is that doing almost nothing(one significant phone call only) , but charge me whatever he desired on his mind. Very much disatisfied with his performance and unlucky to finally see through how he handles business with us. If you complain to him anything about his charge and performance, he won't care. He also charged me the very first appointment(less than 30 mins)when his ad. onAvvo.comsays free consultation(30 mins). This lawyer deserves less than 1 star.I have worked with several different lawyers in my workplace and personal need: He is the one who only cares about money in very tricky way. He will create unnecessary documents to review, and he won't honestly inform you hourly statements in a regular way.The bottom line is that there are lots of better choices to avoid this ugly hassles, and I learned my lesson with my hard-earned money. He may look nice or professional, but once you sign the engagement letter with him, you will see his true face like how my bad experience was.

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