1. No Action with File – All Talk, No Action I hired Renkin and Ben Yip to represent me in a division of assets and custody case. They said they were going to work quickly and get an accountant. They had my trial brief for THREE months and did absolutely NOTHING. Even when I asked Renkin and Ben Yip to demand discovery on the opposing party, it took them two months to be my parrot. 2. Horrible Advice On May 27th, Ben Yip told me I needed to sign a stipulation saying we would go to trial about five weeks later. I told Ben Yip, we can’t go to trial when we don’t even have the other party’s final declarations. Ben had never even looked at my declarations and exhibits, nor did he hire an accountant like he said was so urgent. No good attorney would pressure a client into signing a stip that puts a client in a losing position. 3. Lack of Professionalism Ben Yip called me in the first week of May to tell me he was very upset with me and started to lecture me before he even heard my side of the story (where my son Ubered to my house). I told him that it was unprofessional of him to neglect inquiry before jumping to the conclusion that I did something wrong. He still charged me for this basic skills instruction. I didn’t realize I was in the business of paying attorneys to mentor them. 4. Can’t Follow a Simple Outline I provided Renkin and Ben Yip with a simple three-point outline for the ex parte. When he had the chance to speak to the judge, he failed to present half the content. I had to gain the judge’s attention to address the missing points. Renkin did absolutely no good, only harm. 5. No Flexibility I informed Ben that I did not have the funds to have him represent me at the ex parte. I had third-party proof that I did nothing wrong. Instead of accommodating my request, he insisted that he be on the case full scope and represent me at the ex parte. A few weeks later when he realized how playing telephone (me Ben Opposing Counsel Ben me) was not benefitting the case and only depleting my retainer, he said he would only be on limited scope for one aspect of my case. I told him I needed him “as needed” and he still refused. Ben was basically there when I didn’t want/need him (play telephone and sit in as an incompetent lawyer on an ex parte) and he was not there when I needed him (get FDODs from the get-go, read my docs, develop a plan). 6. Increased Rates Without Notice – Failing to Follow the Fee Agreement This firm provided me no notice that Renkin and Ben Yip’s worthless services were increasing $75 per hour. Instead, I find it on my billing statement. 7. Providing an Incorrect Form -- Substitution of Attorney Ben gave me an SOA that states I’m subbing the firm in (not out) and included a wrong CA Bar number. The clerk had to look it up. Then, when I went to file a much-needed motion to re-open discovery (something Ben should have done from the beginning), I was unable since the recent filing showed I was represented by Renkin. My drive through traffic to/from the firm to have Ben sign my correct SOA cost me an extra three hours. Ben never apologized. He’s an arrogant incompetent, lazy “attorney” who harmed and further delayed my case.
I discovered the Law offices of Richard M. Renkin and Associates through a web search on Family Law practitioners in the San Diego area. I approached Richard and he explained what he thought were my best options during the initial consultation. We developed a strategy and Richard handled my case professionally to a successful conclusion. Everything was up-front and there were no hidden fees or other surprises in the process. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone seeking Family Law legal services.
Richard Renkin handled my custody/visitation with respect and concern for the entire family. He and his staff were knowledgeable, friendly, and available to answer all of my questions. Additionally, Richard communicated with me about the status of my case frequently and kept me involved in the entire process every step of the way.
My ex and I split up when our minor daughter was 13. I had a nasty custody battle with him where he wouldn't allow me to see her. I was worried that her academic and social life would be affected. Rich helped me fought this case. One of the best advice Rich gave me was to move near my daughter's school, which I did. Moving across the street from her school made it really convenient for her. Although the court awarded a 50/50 custody, my daughter stayed with me almost 100% of the time. She just recently graduated #3 among her 2014 graduating class of 541 students and the top 1% in the San Diego School District. Thank you Rich for all your help!
Richard Renkin is a very sharp attorney. A true advocate for your side. Highly recommend him.