BEWARE Of Using Atty. Mark Skelton Fo...

BEWARE Of Using Atty. Mark Skelton For Bankruptcy

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Ken

Kingsport, TN

#1 Sep 8, 2013
If you decide to use local Rogersville attorney Mark Skelton to file bankruptcy be EXTREMELY careful about using his make payments till you reach the full $1800 fee that he charges. I made a payment to him for a significant amount of money and the deal was that nothing would be done by him on my behalf until the full fee was paid which was fine with me. Over the last few months a series of setbacks including a layoff from work and my mother passing away had left me unable to declare at the present moment and left me in a bind to pay some immediate bills. I made an appointment with Mr Skelton and explained the situation to him but he refused to refund the money that I had paid him despite the fact that no work by him or his office had happened yet on my case. I could understand if work had been done but it had not. I then requested from his office SEVERAL times a detailed billing statement showing what work had been done to see where the money that I had givin him earlier had gone to but all I ever got from his staff was a promise to "Give him the message" which I never heard anything further from him or anyone else saying whether or not this accounting would be sent to me.
I cannot attest to his actual skill as a lawyer but be warned..... if you do happen to use him to file bankruptcy DO NOT use his payment plan as if your situation happens to change and you end up not having to go through with it,any money you pay him will not e returned even though NO work was done on your case.
Simple

Kingsport, TN

#2 Sep 8, 2013
Called a non refundable deposit... if I read this correctly he did not "breach", you did by not paying, not his fault, it IS YOURS!
Ken

Kingsport, TN

#3 Sep 8, 2013
Simple wrote:
Called a non refundable deposit... if I read this correctly he did not "breach", you did by not paying, not his fault, it IS YOURS!
I am well aware that there is no LEGAL recourse for the return of the money despite the fact I was unable to go through with the bankruptcy due to a layoff,my mother passing away and illness. I am merely suggesting people beware of doing Mr. Skelton's payment plan for bankruptcy.
yeah but

Walton, KY

#4 Sep 8, 2013
Was it really worth multiple posts. We didn't care the first time you posted. Why try again. Look up the definition for insanity. Hey, you could apply for a check so you could recomp your hard earned dough.
applewood

Kingsport, TN

#5 Sep 8, 2013
Simple wrote:
Called a non refundable deposit... if I read this correctly he did not "breach", you did by not paying, not his fault, it IS YOURS!
if he did not do anything though it is pretty sorry of him to keep the money. just saying..
If the man

Ringgold, GA

#6 Sep 9, 2013
Ken wrote:
If you decide to use local Rogersville attorney Mark Skelton to file bankruptcy be EXTREMELY careful about using his make payments till you reach the full $1800 fee that he charges. I made a payment to him for a significant amount of money and the deal was that nothing would be done by him on my behalf until the full fee was paid which was fine with me. Over the last few months a series of setbacks including a layoff from work and my mother passing away had left me unable to declare at the present moment and left me in a bind to pay some immediate bills. I made an appointment with Mr Skelton and explained the situation to him but he refused to refund the money that I had paid him despite the fact that no work by him or his office had happened yet on my case. I could understand if work had been done but it had not. I then requested from his office SEVERAL times a detailed billing statement showing what work had been done to see where the money that I had givin him earlier had gone to but all I ever got from his staff was a promise to "Give him the message" which I never heard anything further from him or anyone else saying whether or not this accounting would be sent to me.
I cannot attest to his actual skill as a lawyer but be warned..... if you do happen to use him to file bankruptcy DO NOT use his payment plan as if your situation happens to change and you end up not having to go through with it,any money you pay him will not e returned even though NO work was done on your case.
is kind enough to let you make payments, you should be grateful, not many Lawyers will let you do that, and he "shouldn't" refund your money...this is the least you could do for him(Skelton)...is let him do your bankruptcy, because you will have to file eventually anyway...What would be the point, in him letting you make payments, until you get enough to file? I'll tell you so he could get your business! It's a win-win for everybody...

Thank you Mark...
I think

Columbia, TN

#7 Sep 9, 2013
it's pretty low down of him to keep the money when he didn't do anything to earn it.If he is that hard up to keep money from someone who is obviously already having some financial problems,it doesn't say very much for him.Prime example of why attorneys have such bad reps. They have the knowledge to rip people off legally.
Ken

Kingsport, TN

#8 Sep 9, 2013
If the man wrote:
<quoted text>is kind enough to let you make payments, you should be grateful, not many Lawyers will let you do that, and he "shouldn't" refund your money...this is the least you could do for him(Skelton)...is let him do your bankruptcy, because you will have to file eventually anyway...What would be the point, in him letting you make payments, until you get enough to file? I'll tell you so he could get your business! It's a win-win for everybody...
Thank you Mark...
Any lawyer will let you do payments to build up enough to file bankruptcy and it is not just being "Kind" as you say.

All I am doing here is to let people know to beware because if for some reason beyond your control like a layoff,relatives passing away or an unforseen illness you are unable to go through with your bankruptcy right then and are in dire need of some cash to pay your immediate bills like electricity and food and even upon explanation of your circumstances to him,Mark Skelton will refuse to return any money to you even though he nor his staff have done anything on your case.
I could understand if ALL the money had been paid and work had already started on the case but this is not the case.
applewood

Kingsport, TN

#9 Sep 9, 2013
I think wrote:
it's pretty low down of him to keep the money when he didn't do anything to earn it.If he is that hard up to keep money from someone who is obviously already having some financial problems,it doesn't say very much for him.Prime example of why attorneys have such bad reps. They have the knowledge to rip people off legally.
i agree. it is definitely a pretty sad situation when somebody like Skelton who is that rich has no compassion at all for the little guy.
WHY

Kingsport, TN

#10 Sep 9, 2013
Why does this surprise you? He is just another greedy lawyer.They're all a bunch of greedy [email protected]!
observer

Knoxville, TN

#11 Sep 9, 2013
Simple wrote:
Called a non refundable deposit... if I read this correctly he did not "breach", you did by not paying, not his fault, it IS YOURS!
agreed - however, since he had nothing invested wouldnt the ethical thing to do be a refund - or at least a refund less a reasonable fee. it is tru he broke no rule but it does reflect the sort of person he is. greed is ugly!
observer

Knoxville, TN

#12 Sep 9, 2013
yeah but wrote:
Was it really worth multiple posts. We didn't care the first time you posted. Why try again. Look up the definition for insanity. Hey, you could apply for a check so you could recomp your hard earned dough.
not "caring" is one of the things wrong with our society and garbage like you is another.- by the way stupid - the word is "recoup"
observer

Knoxville, TN

#13 Sep 9, 2013
If the man wrote:
<quoted text>is kind enough to let you make payments, you should be grateful, not many Lawyers will let you do that, and he "shouldn't" refund your money...this is the least you could do for him(Skelton)...is let him do your bankruptcy, because you will have to file eventually anyway...What would be the point, in him letting you make payments, until you get enough to file? I'll tell you so he could get your business! It's a win-win for everybody...
Thank you Mark...
you not only dont make sense you are likely mark himself or one of his office staff.
Mary

Kingsport, TN

#14 Sep 9, 2013
observer wrote:
<quoted text>agreed - however, since he had nothing invested wouldnt the ethical thing to do be a refund - or at least a refund less a reasonable fee. it is tru he broke no rule but it does reflect the sort of person he is. greed is ugly!
Yes it does reflect on what type of individual that he is. He's just plain greedy like most lawyers are.
Hope

Johnson City, TN

#15 Sep 9, 2013
I pretty sure when you go in to start the process and make a payment whether in full or partial you sign a paper that no refund will be made. Atleast I used him and I'm pretty sure it's somewhere in that fine print I read. I know a guy he let pay him for over a year or so and still filed for him once he paid in full. Sorry for all your problems your having
hmm

United States

#16 Sep 9, 2013
He did the same to me but I'm glad he did, otherwise id still be screwed..
Ken

Kingsport, TN

#17 Sep 9, 2013
I think wrote:
it's pretty low down of him to keep the money when he didn't do anything to earn it.If he is that hard up to keep money from someone who is obviously already having some financial problems,it doesn't say very much for him.Prime example of why attorneys have such bad reps. They have the knowledge to rip people off legally.
Thanks for yours and everyone elses support on this matter. My main objective is primarily to warn people not to do his payment plan thing for bankruptcy because if you are unfortunate enough to get laid off,have a family member pass away or suffer an illness and not be able to carry through with your filing,he will not return any money to you despite you explaining the situation to him and him or his staff have done NO work at all on the case.
Ken

Kingsport, TN

#18 Sep 9, 2013
hmm wrote:
He did the same to me but I'm glad he did, otherwise id still be screwed..
Everyone's situation is different and in my case I am "screwed" now really,in need of money to pay imediate bills for things like food and electricity. I even told him that if he returned the money I had paid him and I was in DIRE need of at the moment, I would still use him to do any bankruptcy proceeding I might file in the future once I had the full amount saved and he still refused to return the money that NO work had been done for.
I guess he thought that by withholding the money I would still come back and finish paying him the full amount to do the bankruptcy in the future but after what he pulled I wouldn't go back to him if he were the last lawyer on earth to do ANYTHING for me in EVER.
Hopefully my story here and what I have been telling people in person about Mr. Skelton will make people think twice about using him for anything.
Simple

Kingsport, TN

#19 Sep 9, 2013
Ken, what if you were selling a car and you agreed to take payments and keep the car until they paid it off, they made three payments and then decided they couldn't afford it are you giving them the money back that they paid you???
Ken

Kingsport, TN

#20 Sep 9, 2013
Simple wrote:
Ken, what if you were selling a car and you agreed to take payments and keep the car until they paid it off, they made three payments and then decided they couldn't afford it are you giving them the money back that they paid you???


Yes I would return the money....Since I was keeping the car till it got paid off they never received any benefit from the car,just as I never received any benefit from Mr. Skelton as he made it very clear that he did not represent me till the money had been paid in full and the actual filing of the bankruptcy could start.

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