A lawyer, a disaster

Full story: Lowell Sun 27
Ron Gigliotti Sr. was hoping to modify his mortgage when a coupon came in the mail advertising a free legal consultation with Raymond J. Paczkowski. Full Story
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MAD

North Grafton, MA

#2 Nov 12, 2010
To all you senior citizens out there....NEVER EVER go into something financially without telling your children or a trusted love one.......People like this guy are just waiting to pounce on you and take advantage of you.....I don't think you will see any of your money........Hope he sleeps at night....WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND..............
Litigator

Chelmsford, MA

#3 Nov 12, 2010
Did this guy graduate from "The Joe Shanahan School of Law"?

Since: Dec 07

United States

#4 Nov 12, 2010
"The Gigliottis say there were red flags. Hanging on the walls of Paczkowski's office were clippings about his previous troubles, they said, including his 1984 disbarment."

A clue, a clue!
HAHA

Roslindale, MA

#5 Nov 12, 2010
Litigator wrote:
Did this guy graduate from "The Joe Shanahan School of Law"?
That's classic!!!
NTE

Pleasanton, CA

#6 Nov 12, 2010
VeronicaFL wrote:
"The Gigliottis say there were red flags. Hanging on the walls of Paczkowski's office were clippings about his previous troubles, they said, including his 1984 disbarment."
A clue, a clue!
If you read the article, you'd see, that they explained why they still worked with him after seeing those "red flags". He explained to them, the past he'd had, and that's what made him seem so trustworthy. Like he had nothing to hide, and had made mistakes, but had become a better person from them. A true con artist. Please don't start blaming the victim now. These threads always turn out that way. They trusted this guy, and he screwded them. If nobody ever used this guys services again, after the 1984 incident, then people would be saying " everybody deserves a second chance". Well, they gave him one, and he screwed them. It's his fault, and no one elses. The guys a piece of trash. Plain & simple.
Interesting

Waltham, MA

#7 Nov 12, 2010
Scum bag, although it's always wise to further investigate people you will be doing business with.
MAD

North Grafton, MA

#8 Nov 12, 2010
Wilmington your right...He used his past(putting pics etc. on wall) to gain new clients trust.................His new plaque on the door should read....Liar Cheater and Thief................
cynic

Lowell, MA

#9 Nov 12, 2010
MAD wrote:
Wilmington your right...He used his past(putting pics etc. on wall) to gain new clients trust..........His new plaque on the door should read....Liar Cheater and Thief..........
The new one said "lawyer". Doesn't that one encompass all the other descriptors you propose?
latinlady

United States

#10 Nov 12, 2010
this man should be put in jail for what he has done
NTE

Pleasanton, CA

#11 Nov 12, 2010
cynic wrote:
<quoted text>
The new one said "lawyer". Doesn't that one encompass all the other descriptors you propose?
Lol, exactly.
Possible Help

Lowell, MA

#12 Nov 12, 2010
All of us attorneys pay an annual fee to the Board of Bar Overseers to renew our licenses. A portion goes to the Client Security Board. This is a fund to assist clients such as this. The amount reimbursed is based on amount lost, amount available in the fund, and other factors (such as malpractice coverage). The Gigliottis should apply. Given the amount lost, they may very well get back 100%.
Jim

Brighton, MA

#13 Nov 12, 2010
He is a piece of trash that lost over $2Million worth of property my family owned. I HOPE HE ROTS IN HELL
Amused

Lowell, MA

#14 Nov 12, 2010
Possible Help wrote:
All of us attorneys pay an annual fee to the Board of Bar Overseers to renew our licenses. A portion goes to the Client Security Board. This is a fund to assist clients such as this. The amount reimbursed is based on amount lost, amount available in the fund, and other factors (such as malpractice coverage). The Gigliottis should apply. Given the amount lost, they may very well get back 100%.
That's nice, but the harm done goes way beyond the fee paid for no work. Like a lot of "debt settlement" scammers, the lawyer was apparently advising the clients not to pay their mortgage, supposedly giving them some leverage in negotiations with the bank. So, now the clients' credit score is horrible and they couldn't get a new loan to re-finance their debt, they are in default on the mortgage loan, and most likely fees and penalties have piled up well beyond the point where they could just pay the money they withheld and be all caught up. The fact is the "debt settlement" scam works sometimes (not all that often) with unsecured debt like credit cards, but does not work with secured debt where the debtor has real assets securing the debt. Unsecured creditors stand to lose the whole amount of the debt if you file for bankruptcy, so they have an incentive to negotiate to salvage something. Mortgage holders, especially those holding mortgages on homes that were bought a long time ago and have substantial equity built up, now they are going to get s good chunk of dough if they foreclose, so they have no real incentive to make a deal. I am not a lawyer, and I know this. It is inexcusable for a lawyer, especially one who specializes in real estate, not to know this.
Idontgetit

Flushing, NY

#15 Nov 12, 2010
Partners for years with Tewksbury selectman Doug Sears. Just an FYI.
The Dinkinator

United States

#16 Nov 13, 2010
He says he's still a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. How anonymous is THAT...? AA members don't run around announcing their membership.
fruit of the loom

Westford, MA

#17 Nov 13, 2010
latinlady wrote:
this man should be put in jail for what he has done
not jail tar and feather him in public. jail doesnt work .this guy is and allways be a scumbag
justine

Gloucester, MA

#18 Nov 13, 2010
Itís not my objective to put all lawyers out of business; in fact, we all will need one at one time or another. However, we do not need the ones who take our money and don't perform the work they were hired to do. We don't need the ones who miss court dates, refuse to return telephone calls, create runaway fees, intimidate us if we don't agree with them, and the list goes on.

It is my hope that in time, complaints filed will force more attorneys to conduct themselves ethically, or in the alternative, force the "bad" lawyers out of the business. This would certainly increase our confidence in knowing that when we do hire a lawyer, we are hiring a legitimate and ethical attorney we can trust.

For more than twelve years, I was a contract paralegal and bookkeeper for many attorneys in various fields of law. Working "inside" the legal profession, I have witnessed just how often attorneys take advantage of clients, lie to the clients and/or to the courts, intimidate or threaten clients who do not agree with them, and create runaway fees by charging clients the attorney rate for work performed by the secretary or paralegal.

I have seen attorneys blow off cases and miss court hearings to go golfing with their buddies. If an attorney does not feel like dealing with a case, he or she will deliberately avoid client telephone calls for days and sometimes even weeks at a time. If he feels like smoking a joint while working on a brief, he'll do it, he'll get away with it, and he'll charge the client for the time it took to finish it in slow motion.

The worst unethical behavior I have ever witnessed, was when one attorney 'borrowed' client trust funds for years and collected his deceased wife's social security checks for almost a year after she passed away. They finally caught up with him and disbarred him for life.

The other attorney settled a personal injury case and when the check came in payable to the attorney and the client, he endorsed the check by forging the client's signature, then depositing the check into his attorney business account.

He refused to give the client a copy of the check or an itemization of expenses he was going to withhold from their settlement funds. When I personally threatened to file a grievance, the client promptly received all of his money. Needless to say, that was the end of my working relationship with that attorney and unfortunately, he's still in business.
Liz

Brighton, MA

#21 Nov 13, 2010
Hes going to jail and he knows it. We think hes going to flea the country to his wife's homeland.. should be VERY interesting
Litigator

Chelmsford, MA

#22 Nov 13, 2010
Liz wrote:
Hes going to jail and he knows it. We think hes going to flea the country to his wife's homeland.. should be VERY interesting
Whose got fleas?
JaneB

Lowell, MA

#23 Nov 13, 2010
If anyone really knows Mr.Paczkowski they would knows that he is not a common thief.He has represented many clients over the years without any payment whatsoever.No one who came to him and needed legal advise or service was ever turn away if he or she could not pay.In the course of time all of facts will be revealed and people will be able to decide if he is a simple thief or good lawyer who tried hi best but was destroyed by bad economy time

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