Jul. 27, 2019
He mismanaged our father’s estate. My father passed away too young, 60. He was a veteran and worked his way up to own his own business. His business “died” when he died, he was sole proprietor and had zero employees. He had 3 adult children who were supposed to split the estate assets 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. Levengood did not split the assets equally. We, his children, allowed this to avoid family fighting over assets. However, it was Levengood’s responsibility to see that assets were distributed fairly— he simply did not do that. All estate documents had been delivered to him at our father’s death. He had to do little, if any work, to organize his affairs. Over a decade later, Levengood was made aware of $60,000 in unclaimed property that should have been identified at my father’s death (the papers identifying the account were delivered directly to Levengood by the beneficiaries). After he claimed the asset a decade later he did not notify the beneficiaries and he charged the estate even more money and fees on top of the exorbitant commission and fees he took from our father’s estate at the time of his death to obtain the asset he should have distributed a decade ago. He mismanaged estate funds by choosing the most expensive way instead of the least expensive way to do every estate task. When we attempted to resolve the issue of over- barging the estate and asked him to take responsibility for fees for the asset that should have been found a decade earlier, he replied with accusations that our father’s estate was the most complex and time-consuming estate he had even worked on in his 30 years of practice. If my father’s estate was the most difficult work he has ever done (and Levengood even wrote my father’s will. If it was too complex he should not have agreed to be executor) then unless you have a super simple estate, he’s not a good choice to take care of your assets if you die. I know my father would be disappointed and angry that Levengood did not do right by his children. It’s really a sad story and I’m sorry we had to deal with Levengood and his exorbitant commissions and him doubling that commission in attorney fees knowing this would have really, really, really hurt my dad to know his estate was handled this way.