In March 2014, Stewart A. Sutton represented a client who had signed a promissory note with a confessed judgment provision with her former attorney. The former attorney obtained a confessed judgment in the amount of $9,300 against the client. Stewart A. Sutton was retained to halt the garnishment of her wages and to vacate the confessed judgment. Within a week, he was able to negotiate an almost 75% reduction in the amount owed.
Practice pointer for clients: It is a common practice for Maryland attorneys to present clients and former clients with promissory notes with a confessed judgment provision to secure payment of fees owed. Do NOT sign such a note, unless you first consult with an independent counsel.