Girling Law Firm, PLLC
3.1
Based on 60 reviews
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Cove Crashers
Cove Crashers
21:01 12 Oct 20
Absolute rip-off. They will drain your retainer for the most ridiculous reasons. They sent a certified letter to my... tenant. My tenant immediately started moving so I stopped the process with the law firm. They charged me to “review” the files. That one certified letter cost me $1,000! Also, do not trust their “Business Manager”. He charged me $2500 retainer. I read the agreement and decided not to move forward. He called me back and said the attorney looked at my file and agreed to do it for $1,950. The day I spoke with the attorney he had no idea what I was talking about. Also, the initial call with the attorney I was charged for his time and the time of two paralegals. Do yourself a favor and find another law firm.read more
Fortune Jacobs
Fortune Jacobs
01:48 18 Sep 20
I am satisfied with the outcome of the case and how the office handled everything. They are very nice and know what... they are doing.read more
Jason
Jason
18:27 08 Aug 20
Do not do business with Girling Law.They tout great communication and sell you on sweet words, then turn around and... leave you in the dark while draining your retainer dry doing things you specifically agreed not to.Then they send you what's left of your retainer and it's 65% less than expected because there are invoices they never shared with you and they charged you for their mistakes, and to fix them!This firm moved forward with a lawsuit against my tenants, after we explicitly agreed not to, and served them papers, causing unnecessary tension and hostility with family that was never intended (which we made VERY clear from the start).They said it was "just to protect us" and that they didn't know the tenants were moving out. This was absolutely untrue, as I have record of notifying them when the tenants got a new place, when they got their keys, and when they were moving out (verified by myself). There was no excuse, and we agreed to not move forward - absurd!They not only refused to make it right and remove those costs from my bills, but charged me to file the nonsuit to make everything go away - plus whatever else is in those invoices they never shared with us but obviously charged against our retainer.I cannot believe how unprofessional this engagement was and the blatant lack of communication both internally within the Girling Law team and externally with their clients. Plus, obviously, the nearly $1000 that was basically stolen from us.To add insult to injury, we were sent another client's agreement initially, and none of their canned video updates were in the context our case. It really was quite pathetic.Stay far, far away.read more
Abdel Halim
Abdel Halim
00:02 05 Aug 20
I don’t know where to start with this review but I wish there was a ZERO star to rate. Our experience with Marc was... EXTREMLY horrible and a nightmare to say the least. They ask you to pay the retainer fee before they send you a contract to sign. They sent me an email stating that if I do not sign the contract, they will refund me the whole amount – which is expected from any company. They sent it to me on Thursday late afternoon and I responded on Saturday morning. After waiting 2 months, Marc refused to pay me the retainer because they claimed that they did work for me (really!??!) and then he went further by threatening to sue me personally. So let’s think about this for a second – I was about to hire a lawyer who in turn wanted to sue me? LOL! Keep in mind that the amount wasn’t $100. We’re talking thousands here. He lied in every message he communicated with me. When I began the dispute process, he used absurd language with me “his client” by calling me cheap, deceitful, dishonest, a cheater, etc. The funny thing is that when he was insulting me in the emails, he kept referring to information that wasn’t even true to my case, which confirms that he never even read my file. I rarely write reviews but I strongly feel the need for this one. He is a lawyer that you should NOT hire or deal with. I wish I never contacted his office for any service. When you read my review I really hope that I can save someone from doing any business with him and prevent a LOT of headache and stress.read more
Mama T
Mama T
18:07 01 Aug 20
I won with Girling but STILL LOST MONEY...By the time they are done with you, you'll have paid them $10K plus and then... they'll keep half of any settlement you make. They never even tell you they are NOT in your best interest financially. But they are not. They are just taking more of your money than you already lost from bad tenants. Ridiculous. A lot of the terms are carefully hidden in the many documents you sign. They sound legit and fine when you sign (or resign but don't remember resigning).But you don't realize when you're in court under pressure from a judge to settle, that settling is not in your best interest. The lawyer never says that. I should have just let the judge make his decision and issue the judgment against my tenants. He already made it clear he was on my side. I would not recommend them. Find a regular real estate attorney with consistent great reviews. This place is a high volume shop that has ripping off vulnerable, and already screwed people down to a science. Their entire business model is about charging $5-10K for legal PLUS taking 25-50% or more of your settlement (which is typically just the back rent or money tenants owe you, not additional damages or attorney's fees, which I would have gotten in the judgment had I not settled - it was included in the settlement if tenant's defaulted on the settlement agreement).They don't do enough to earn that kind of money for 1 or 2 hearings where you don't even get the lawyer you hired in court (they send someone else not in their firm and warn you about their quirks but assure you it will be fine). Also, I'm not posting under my full legal name but rest assured, I really did use them. Most comms were with Dale, then Katherine - a paralegal.Read all the reviews. Yes, they are heated and emotional. Reviews are from real clients who experienced much of what I did. I didn't listen to the reviews. The initial contract looked worth the investment. It was the added fees and the stair step settlement fees that screwed me. Do a very careful analysis of what tenant has cost you versus what Girling Law Firm could cost you before hiring them. There are other attorneys who charge more up front but no hidden fees or crazy, increasing settlement amounts as case goes on.read more
nichole harris
nichole harris
03:31 18 Jul 20
I couldn't be happier with the firm. It was a frustrating process and they answered any and all of my questions even... after we won the case, the constable was notified and I was done paying them. I see alot of negative things about money spent and I can say its worth it. Especially if you don't know what you're doing. If you mess up any step of the process you would have to start all over again. So you could lose more money along the way. If you can do it yourself, by all means. But if you have no idea what you're doing because of unauthorized tenants, or being a first time landlord call them and put a retainer down immediately and get the process started. You should already know it will cost plenty of money so definitely be prepared. You are paying for a service and thisis costing them money to get started too. They were amazing, I must say. And believe it or not they were cheaper than the others I called. Not to mention they are landlord supporters. It makes a difference. Thanks for all you did guys!read more
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