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Robert Hoover Esq. / running up bill unnecessarily

1 San Jose, CA, United States

Robert Hoover Esq runs the largest divorce shop in northern California. He also ran up the bill as much as he could before I fired him in my divorce. The first week I hired him (after they saw my assets), I had a meeting with the two associates he assigned to my case and asked them to send to my wife a settlement offer that consisted of an agreement she and I had reached earlier and shook hands on that would have settled virtually all if not all issues in the case. We had been litigating two years and I knew she was sick of paying attorneys, so I thought she would accept the offer. The associates promised to send the agreement to her again, but, apparently on order of Robert Hoover, the offer was never sent and they never told me it had not been sent. That is an ethics violation. Over the course of the next four months, he ran up a bill of in excess of 40K. He wanted to even depose my friendly witnesses. At every meeting, both of his associates and Hoover himself showed up and billed me ($600/hour approximately). All three of them would have showed up at the depositions had I not stopped them. I sued Hoover for breach of fiduciary duty and the case was settled for 10K. I also filed an ethics complaint at the State Bar

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