WILKES-BARRE — Lawyers who helped the Best Western Genetti Inn and Suites of Hazle Township fight for a tax assessment reduction say the hotel now owes them nearly $28,000 in unpaid legal bills.
A judgment on behalf of Wilkes-Barre legal firm Hoegen and Associates was filed against the hotel on Wednesday in Luzerne County Court.
The formal legal name of the hotel business is Gus Genetti Hotel and Restaurant Inc., but the property actually is owned by Gus Genetti’s brother, Bill Genetti. Efforts to reach Bill Genetti were not immediately successful Wednesday.
According to court documents, on July 24, 2008, attorney Francis Hoegen entered into a contract with Bill Genetti for the provision of legal services on a contingency fee basis.
Hoegen, which specializes in business and commercial real estate, pledged under the contract to secure for the hotel a 25 percent tax savings for two years, with Hoegen paying for any appraisal required out of its fee. A copy of the contract included with the judgment documents filed Wednesday does not indicate the dollar value of tax savings to be realized by Genetti.
“Hoegen has performed all the legal services required and obtained the desired result for Genetti,” the lawyers write, but that Genetti did not pay Hoegen back for services rendered.
With the issue unresolved, Genetti agreed last August to execute a judgment note for the original principal amount of $27,924, Hoegen maintains, but still failed to make any payments.
Under the terms of the note, Genetti’s default entitles Hoegen to seek immediate repayment of the full amount due, court documents state. Hoegen also is seeking accruing interest and costs until paid.