There are two attorneys in San Diego County with the same name. Michael Pines, a 53-year-old La Jolla personal injury attorney, is NOT related to or associated with 59-year-old Michael T. Pines, the attorney noted for his questionable foreclosure tactics and the attorney referred to on this site. Anyone who has been following the news regarding the break-in attorney will know his identity; his face has been blasted across various media.
Real Estate Scam/Fraud/Elder Abuse by Michael T. Pines, Attorney
Michael T. Pines has charged dozens of homeowners upwards of $5,000 each plus $650 per hour retainers. He “demands” that his clients stop paying their mortgages and pay him. Then he schedules press conferences while he breaks into their foreclosed homes to garner media exposure. Often these are senior citizens.
Unbelievable: Michael T. Pines has started yet another company and is positioning himself "As the leading expert in foreclosure relief, (he) continually monitors the strategies of the banks and the government. His latest methods can only be learned at Precedent Legal Systems™.
A group in Marin County, California, working to save homes from foreclosure, knows of at least four families that have lost their homes due to Michael T. Pines’s machinations. Several others paid fees and never received services. Michael T. Pines misses filing dates and court dates; he was sanctioned by a judge in Marin County for NOT appearing as scheduled. He has stated in eMails that he “forgot” to file papers on time.
As a result, one 74-year-old Mill Valley (Marin County) woman lost her home; she was advised by Michael T. Pines to go back into her home after the sheriff took possession. Michael T. Pines was NOT around to support that person. His client followed his advice; within hours, she was arrested and taken to jail in handcuffs. Those handcuffs caused serious bruising (image right). She has not been able to return to her home; Michael T. Pines still has her retainer fee.
Another gentleman in his 70s, who also paid Michael T. Pines $5,000, just lost his home of 30+ years. He packed up belongings and his cats and moved from Marin to a country further North.
According to a notice elsewhere on this site:
Michael T. Pines was evicted from his building at 732 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 on January 14, 2011. Locks were changed and he was booted out by US Marshals. There apparently is a notice of eviction in those offices. Michael T. Pines ignored a court order to move out; he told clients that his office was broken into and his files were stolen. Michael T. Pines did not inform his employees; they showed up for work on January 14 and were locked out. He is purportedly working out of a condo which he rents from his ex-wife, who is also a mortgage holder in default on the 732 N. Coast Highway building.
Unbelievable: Michael T. Pines has started yet another company and is positioning himself as “The leading expert in foreclosure relief.” His former site is down. He is now “presenting” himself under the guise of Precedent Legal Systems, (www.PrecedentLegalSystems.com). Michael T. Pines is giving seminars; this is a very scary thought and at least one fine hotel checked into his background and cancelled his seminar:
A UNIQUE, TWO DAY, WEEKEND SEMINAR FOR ATTORNEYS AND HOME OWNERS
AVAILABLE IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES
$795 Preregister; $995 At the Door
$1295 V.I.P. Upfront seating and lunch with
Michael T. Pines to Discuss and Answer Questions
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