I hired attorney Andrew Verriere long-distance by phone to appear for me at a probate court hearing in Alameda County that I could not attend. I feel that he willfully betrayed me in my case against our abusive trustee, and conspired with the trustee’s attorney to protect the trustee from prosecution. He worked unsupervised and we communicated by phone or email. I trusted him to keep me informed of the proceedings of my case. After the hearings when I received the court examiner’s notes I learned that Mr. Verriere had lied to me on several occasions and withheld important documents for months while telling me there was nothing new happening in my case. Without my permission or approval Mr. Verriere either requested or agreed to 5 continuances of the hearing on our case. He told me various lies about the reasons for the continuances, as though it was out of his control. This allowed the trustee to drag out our case for over a year, depleting my funds so that I couldn’t afford to fight her. The trustee’s accounting showed huge losses, yet she was requesting full compensation for her work as trustee. Mr. Verriere refused to challenge the amount of the trustee’s requested compensation. He would not raise my valid complaints about the truste’s losses to the court. At the same time he allowed oposing counsel to make demands on me. Our trustee had committed so many breaches that I should have had all the leverage. I should have been making demands on her. However Mr. Verriere would not challenge her actions. Mr. Verriere encoraged me to sign a document/agreement that would allow our trustee to escape prosecution for all her actions while exonerating himself of any wrongdoing, and disallowing any legal action against him for his part in drafting the document/agreement. We argued about this for months at my expense. I did not sign. Mr. Verriere finally quit on me the night before a hearing. He told me he didn’t need my permission to quit and sent me some paperwork to sign. It turns out he did need my permission to quit which I gave him when I signed the paperwork (it was my frst time in court and I didn’t think he was allowed to just lie to me). The next day at the hearing opposing counsel, knowing I was not represented, filed for a sumary judgement. Thankfully the court examiner noticed that I had not been properly served. By his actions Mr. Verriere has proven to me that he cannot be trusted. He is concerned about himself, his career and his finaces, not about his clients. I would avoid hiring attorney Andrew Verriere.
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