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Kaufman Englett Lynd
Kaufman Englett Lynd KEL, Law firm with bad practices Orlando, Tampa, Florida
25th of Jan, 2011 by
Kaufman, Englett, and Lynd runs a tremendous amount of advertising that clearly states that if a client contacts KEL, they will speak with an attorney.I contacted them with that expectation.On my initial call, I stated that I would like to speak with an attorney for a consultation.I was transferred to Kirk Collier and explained my issue (final stages of a short sale, challenges negotiating my deficiency with the bank leading to my decision to file bankruptcy).


He stated that I should not file for bankruptcy as I did have some legal options, so I asked to make an appointment for a consultation with an attorney in the Tampa office the next day.When I came for my appointment, I met with Kirk Collier and Lacie Beck, who introduced herself as a paralegal.Mr. Collier offered specific legal advice (do not file for bankruptcy, do not apply for the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program, etc.) which I considered in my decision to hire KEL to represent me and the actions to take going forward.


I have since learned, by contacting the Florida Bar Association, that Kirk Collier is NOT an attorney.Per the Bar, Mr. Collier should not be dispensing legal advice, should not be conducting a legal consultation, and, if he was speaking in general about legal matters as a non-lawyer representingthe firm, should have specified that he is not an attorney.I was under the impression from their advertising and from the fact that I requested a meeting with an attorney and that Kirk Collier subsequently conducted my legal consultation that he was, in fact, an attorney.This misrepresentation alone is cause for negation of any agreement that I entered into with KEL.I have requested a refund from KEL and they have not obliged.


In addition, long story short, I was in the final stages of a short sale. I had a one week deadline to respond to the bank to negotiate my deficiency - I could not get anyone at KEL to return my calls in a week, much less prepare a response. I had to file a response myselft. Again, you would think that a reputable company would just acknowledge that they dropped and ball and give me a refund - they have not!


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3041 days ago by Spalin
Stay away from KEL they are evil and they do not care about any client. They only want your last dime to put in their pockets. They do not care about the employees or clients. They do not follow through and Kirk Collier is a lier and rude, crude and lets cliets sit and wait for hours for no other reason than he just likes to be a control freak. Becareful what you dish out KEL you may end up with an angry mob on your front door demanding service for stealing their last dollar and hope. The banks took advantage of the home owners the first time and now you are taking advantage of these same people while they are down. Shame on YOU all ! !
3027 days ago by Mccaffery
Anyone unhappy with this law firm over there misrepresented claims for loan modifications, contact me please at
[email protected]
I am preparing suit over there lies and inabilities to make things happen as they have promised.
Would love to see it go class action
3005 days ago by Sspencer
I own a real estate/property management company in Orlando and represent MANY people working to short sale their properties. I recently was called by 3 (in the same week!) sellers that were all with KEL, paid almost $3, 000 each for KEL to represent them in a short sale (which is ridiculous by itself). I work with an investor that purchases condos in over 45 communities in and around the Orlando area and we contracted on one of these properties. A year went by, only 2 out of dozens of return phone calls and a few emails and nothing was done. The 1 year contract between KEL and the seller was set to expire, no forward movement with the short sale and KEL sends them a letter to renew their contract for another $2, 900. Needless to say, the seller refused to renew the contract. Long story short, my investor re-contracted on the property using a different negotiator I work with, the property closed in 4 months and the seller is incredibly happy. I work with the best negotiators and get short sales closed within 90-180 days (4 months being the average) and little or no cost to the seller. It's morally wrong to financially rape vulnerable sellers, provide little or no service, get little or no results and then expect them to pay you more when the job wasn't performed to industry standards. If you or someone you know is interested in considering a short sale, PLEASE tell them to contact me. Even if none of them decided to use my services (which doesn't cost them a penny), I'd be willing to talk to each of them, educate them on the process so no matter who they use, they are informed enough to ask the important questions and avoid a situation where they pay out thousands of dollars and get no results. There is no reason to pay that kind of money to an attorney or anyone to represent them in a short sale. [email protected]pencerRealtyPros.com
2959 days ago by Flcracker2011
Stay away from KEL, they are crooks, they do not care about anything but their pocket books. They only want your money. They don't care about their employees or clients.
2552 days ago by Kel Associates Speak Out
KEL Attorneys - Misleads consumers thinking attorneys answer the phones.

It's a minimum wage sales associate who gets a bonus for every consumer who signs up for legal services. So are they really looking to help you or simply get a sale. There is just one attorney who if available may answer the phone. And if you set up one of their free consultations you will then spend the time with a non-attorney. The actual attorney will come in for about 10 to 20 mins and that's it. If you do decide to sign up for legal services the non-attorney is the only one in the room signing you up, the attorney actual leaves the room. So if I'm talking to a non-attorney on the phone and in person is my consultation confidential? What about confidentiality between client and attorney in this case...Hmmm

Don't be fooled by KEL Attorneys!

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