While awaiting an outstanding payment from one of my clients, I mistakenly neglected to keep up-to-date with my HOA payments through the property management company, GRS Management. On February 7, 2020, I contacted GRS and asked to satisfy my outstanding bill in full. I asked for the outstanding balance, and informed them I could pay-in-full immediately. They transferred me to Larry Tyson Cortez of Wyant-Cortez & Cortez. Later that afternoon, Mr. Cortez e-mailed me a letter indicating I owed a total of $2001.38. On February 17, 2020, I traveled to the Law Office of Wyant-Cortez & Cortez and paid the balance in full. Then, on February 19, 2020, I received a letter from my Home Owner's Association and GRS Management. THAT letter indicated my total balance owed was $1,730.00. That letter dated February 19th clearly states: "Payment for the full amount must be received within fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice to prevent additional collection and/or lien process." According to this letter from my property management company, I only owed $1,730.00, and had until February 28th to pay that amount BEFORE any additional fees were due, and before the balance was sent to collection. It seems clear that Mr. Cortez prematurely billed me an additional $271.00. Mr. Cortez will likely reference an outstanding $100 fine that I owed the HOA, which has been paid. So the outstanding balance I am seeking in reimbursement is $171.38. I first brought this to the attention of Mr. Cortez on February 22, 2020. He ignored my emails and phone calls until March 10th, at which time he simply stated the letter I received from the management company was an error. This was not an error. This letter was not mailed by mistake and the $1,730.00 amount was not an arbitrary number pulled from thin air by the same mythical elf Mr. Cortez seems to think mistakenly mailed it t me. When reading these letters and specifically the dates, it's very clear that my outstanding balance was not to be sent to collection until February 28th. Mr. Cortez obviously added the collection fees prematurely, and I asked for refund. Mr. Cortez has since completely ignored me, even refusing to acknowledge several attempts from the Better Business Bureau. Mr. Cortez is clearly a coward and a shyster. Someone ought to strap a sack of rabid ferrets to his head. That would be worth the money he owes me.
User's recommendation: Find a more ethical lawyer. Larry Cortez is a shyster and a coward.