Are Attorneys Smart Enough to Pay Finder Fees?
Apparently not. It seems to me that attorneys should have the intelligence, acumen, etc, to figure out how to pay for a marketing service (ultimately, sharing fees) without suffering torture by the bar as a consequence. After all, they can hire paralegals to do attorney tasks, and they pay those paralegals, either as contractors or as employees, ultimately sharing fees with them. But Florida attorney S. Tracy Long didn’t get away with it.
What do I care? Well, I DON’T care about Long because he’s just another foreclosure pretender defender who led many clients to loss of their houses while taking monthly payments from them for the “privilege.” However, if I knew of a worthy, reliable attorney who would actually purchase or do a comprehensive examination of the mortgage transaction (see http://mortgageattack.com) and then aggressively fight for a settlement or damages for the damaged mortgagor, I’d spread his fame far and wide. I wouldn’t mind at all if he paid me for that service, either as a percentage of his fees, or as a per-paying-client honorarium. Cheated borrowers across America feel desperate to find just one honest attorney who will help them beat up the lender and others who injured them at the inception of the loan.
HONEST, COMPETENT ATTORNEYS: PLEASE STAND UP and get counted! AMERICA NEEDS YOU!
Delray Beach attorney suspended for multiple foreclosure-related offenses
February 2, 2015
Delray Beach attorney S. Tracy Long was suspended for one year and must pay $11,500 in restitution following charges of sharing fees with a non-lawyer and foreclosure-related offenses.
The Florida Supreme Court approved the suspension in late November. It was announced Friday by the Florida Bar.
According to a conditional guilty plea signed by Long, in 2011 he used two companies to market foreclosure defense and loan modification work to be done by his law office. One of the firms hired a non-attorney, who obtained 31 clients for Long. The non-attorney had a contract with the firm that hired him to get 12 percent of the legal fee _ a violation of the Florida Bar’s rules of professional conduct.
Four other Florida Bar cases against Long charge:
- He failed to pay a mediator $875 after he said he was dissatisfied with the mediator’s service.
- He failed to adequately communicate the chance of success to clients in a foreclosure case he accepted to defend in 2011 for $2,500. The case had been adjudicated in 2008 and the Bar says there was a statute of limitations that prevented Long from addressing the foreclosure case. Long’s clients were forced to vacate their home in October 2011.
- He failed to properly represent a church in a case against the City of Sunrise in which he accepted $2,500. The lawsuit was filed in federal court, where Long was no longer licensed.
- He was hired in August 2012 to defend a foreclosure in New Jersey, where he is not licensed to practice law. Long hired a New Jersey attorney to handle the case but the attorney did no work on the file. The homeowners paid $6,500 but a default judgment was entered against them in April 2013.