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I cannot defend her in court at this point Had a pro bono lawyer who was untrusting and a liar and now hired another who is just horrible,He dumped moms case without a care in the world of her after over a year and a 1/2. Perhaps he never should have taken it but it was a different lawyers case in his firm. Now he overcharged her and is being really mean.. I WILL NEVER trust a lawyer again.... There is no justice or understanding by lawyers....

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Been there done that I do not have an attitude. Your exactly what I mean... Its a long story and believe me my Elderly mom did not commit anything, have the proof. But between caring for my mom as only caregiver and dealing with this is a tough road. I will pursue avenues and I know of them... Everything is about attorneys getting paid, they were paid and even paid more and did not do what they said they were going to do..You are dealing with an Elderly woman here with not much funds she is in the middle and we all know there is NO help for them... Greedy attorneys should stop putting their ego ahead of their pocket which is the case in america..
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Gerrgio, you wrote "falsifications by the bank on a loan". Are you stating that a bank made false representations, or was your mother accused of making the false representations? There's a huge difference.

There's also a world of difference in handling a case like this. If it's the former, then you find out if the bank is a national bank, state bank, whatever and research to determine the governing agency. Then contact them with your complaint.

Also research specific legislative committees that address financial irregularities and notify them. Ask the staff in your local and federal legislators what else you can do to address the bank's falsifications.

However, if your mother is charged with falsifications, you're dealing with a white collar criminal issue, which could be either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the alleged falsification and ancillary issues. If there's a fraud charge involved, there is likely an "intent" issue associated with an alleged commission of fraud.

If the latter, however, 5 years is a long time for any criminal matter against an individual to be unresolved.

And, frankly, even w/o knowing more, you're not as likely to find a pro bono attorney who's going to be knowledgeable in a complex banking and/or fraud issue.

You've complained of dishonesty among lawyers. That's not true; I always get irritated when someone makes a broad, unsubstantiated, grandiose conclusion against a profession.

As long as you maintain this attitude, you're not going to find it easy to work with someone who does handle white collar fraud issues, so first thing to do is rethink your attitude. You can't make such broad assumptions against a large profession based on your experiences with a few of their practitioners and expect them to want to represent you or your mother.

Then contact the local bar association and explain more fully what the issues are, i.e., what the specific charges are against your mother, and ask for names of attorneys handling these kinds of cases. Review their websites, prepare a list of questions and then ask for interviews, but don't expect the first interview to be free - it might or it might not.

However, you state that you have the proof of the legal misconduct. Have you filed complaints with the state bar association? If not, you should have. That's the first step to addressing attorney negligence and/or malpractice.

But know that you're going to have to pay for a defense attorney, so be prepared.


There's a whole ' nother issue that might be involved and that's whether any fraudulent charges were made during a loan process involving any of the high fliers like Countrywide and others that were operating with sleight of hand prior to the recession.

It wasn't unheard of for some of the sleezebags to convince people to fudge data on loan applications.
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It is unfortunate that you have had a bad experience with the Attorneys who were retained to assist your mother. It sounds like you do need an Attorney to assist you, however it is essential that you get an Attorney with the appropriate expertise. It sounds like you need an Elder Law Attorney. I would recommend that you look at the list of Elder Law Attorney's on this site for one located in your area, or that you contact the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys to get referrals to Attorneys with the appropriate expertise in your area. Attorneys must be compensated for their time the same as a plumber, electrician or anyone else who performs a service. In my office, if the potential Client cannot afford our services, or if the fees which would be required to achieve the desired outcome appear to outweigh the potential benefit, we will refer the person to several area legal aid services or appropriate governmental agencies who have the appropriate expertise and can assist the person. Good luck.
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Gerrgio, if a bank did something have you tried filing a complaint with the FDIC? There is some government agency that oversees all banking business.
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falsifications by the bank on a loan. Been 5 years now. Its quite complex. Not comfortable saying too much here. Lawyers only care about their money. we were paid up. long story and terrible lawyers I have the proof
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Your mom needs to be defended in court. If she were accused of a crime she would have been appointed a public defender and the whole matter would be over now. So I assume this is a civil case. Is someone suing her? How has this dragged out more than a year-and-a-half? Are you looking in a firm that handles the kinds of cases like your mother's? For example, a family law attorney is not going to handle a dispute over a tree that hangs over property lines.

Can Mom afford a lawyer? What would be the cost to her if she just settles out of court? Is that an option?

We aren't a legal referral source here, but someone might have some suggestions on how to proceed if we have a few more details.
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As Gladimhere had mentioned, we really do need more information. I do see from your profile that your Mother has Alzheimer's/Dementia and that you are helping her in her own home.

May we ask why does your Mother need an Attorney? What were the reasons that two Attorneys decided to no longer continue with her case? There could be no merit to the case.
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More info would be helpful. Is mom even competent to retain an attorney?
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