Last Friday, I called the attorney's office to see, if we had a court date yet for the guardianship thing.
Around 6 tonight, the phone rang. It was him.
"I know you called a couple of days ago." (Um. No. It was a WEEK ago!) "Sorry I'm just getting back with you."
"I've got a note here saying that the court visitor sent her reports for both of the girls, but I can't find them anywhere. I tried calling her twice. The one time, it said that her phone number had been disconnected. The second time, I got a recording saying that the phone number was no longer in service."
"Did you get copies of the reports?"
"Well, I don't know, if she didn't actually send the reports, (Um. Yes! She DID! I could tell just by the way she handled the situation with the girls! She knew how important this was to us, and she purposely got her report filed well before the deadline, so we could be done with all of it as quickly as possible!), or if I just misplaced them. I'm moving my office at the end of the month, so things are sort of crazy on my desk."
"Can you get me copies of your reports for each of the girls? You can fax them, email them, or drop them off at the office."
"You won't get to them until Monday, anyway, right?"
"Ok. We'll get them to you."
I was SO mad when I hung up the phone!! He has likely had the reports since we've had our copies. We've had our copies for right at 4 weeks! And he is just NOW trying to rectify the situation? He's just NOW noticing that we are his clients? At this rate, I highly doubt we'll get our court date until April or May, since he's screwed around and wasted our time for a full month.
It wouldn't be so bad, but when he let us know who the court reporter was, he said we needed to make sure we got copies of all the information that we'd brought in for him to the court visitor. When she got here, I apologized for not having it ready. She seemed taken aback. She said that our attorney should have already gotten that information to the court, and that she should be able to access it there.
So we're paying him, and he's having us do the work we're paying him to do!!
I'm sure that he's doing this, because we have legal insurance through Hubster's work, and the insurance company is paying him. I don't know, if he doesn't think it's enough money, or what his problem is.
We can't leave him and go to another attorney at this point, because we've already signed a contract with him. I'm sure that he would try to collect a $2000 retainer plus $250 an hour for the work he's done, and I wouldn't doubt that he'd lie about the hours he's put into the case.
As soon as the court case is finished, and we have the paperwork in hand showing that we have legal guardianship of the girls, we will be reporting him to the insurance company, and we will not be recommending him to anyone for anything.
Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.
You can read the start of my journey here.