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Got client exactly what he wanted. Exactly. Now extremely pissed.

Client facing $300,000 assessment. Comes to me months ago an dakotalaw07/28/17
Sucks. What a stupid nut. vohod07/28/17
Had a client do this to me on a paternity case. Got really n fettywap07/28/17
He probably wanted the fight, hearing, and drama that comes 2tierreality07/28/17
This happened to me somewhat recently in a divorce I litigat thirdtierlaw07/28/17
"I billed her both he screaming time and the apology phone c soupcansham07/29/17
Not MY client but I had to deal with an insane German man fo 3lol07/28/17
Had this happen recently. I represented a client on 2 indic orange907/29/17
once I closed a (rather small) deal just minutes before dead dingbat07/31/17
That client sounds like a total jacka--. I could spend a who cranky07/31/17
dakotalaw (Jul 28, 2017 - 3:05 pm)

Client facing $300,000 assessment. Comes to me months ago and wants to kill the assessment and have governing body change rules so this doesn't happen again. I tell him its a long shot on part two but go to work. Through only demand letters and phone calls and threats of lawsuits/arbitration I get him exactly what he said he wanted. No assessment and the governing body changes the rules so this won't happen again.

He accuses me this week of not having his best interests at heart and basically working for the governing body. Didn't see his crazy coming either. In total he paid less than $2,000 for my services. Could have easily pushed this to arbitration/trial and he was good for the money. Instead I get him exactly what he said he wanted on the cheap.

A thankless job.

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vohod (Jul 28, 2017 - 3:33 pm)

Sucks. What a stupid nut.

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fettywap (Jul 28, 2017 - 3:50 pm)

Had a client do this to me on a paternity case. Got really nasty to me and told me I was on her side, blah blah blah. Several months later, he started sending me checks again even though I had stopped billing him.

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2tierreality (Jul 28, 2017 - 3:56 pm)

He probably wanted the fight, hearing, and drama that comes with protracted "litigation". You ruined it by being too good at your job.

Sort of like sick people who enjoy being sick getting mad at the doctor for curing them.

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thirdtierlaw (Jul 28, 2017 - 4:27 pm)

This happened to me somewhat recently in a divorce I litigated. I had warned the client on the way in, "It's extremely unlikely we'll get everything we are asking for. We are shooting for the moon and some of our arguments or stretching it at best." We end up getting 100% of what we wanted. Walk into a conference room for a quick debrief and the client absolutely loses it on me. She starts screaming, "You said it's unlikely to get everything we asked for, well we did, which means we could have asked for even more!"

I just sat there and let her scream at me. She did call the next day and apologize. I billed her both he screaming time and the apology phone call.


It truly is a noble profession.

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soupcansham (Jul 29, 2017 - 7:21 pm)

"I billed her both he screaming time and the apology phone call.


It truly is a noble profession."

lol 180.

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3lol (Jul 28, 2017 - 7:49 pm)

Not MY client but I had to deal with an insane German man for the last couple of weeks due to some idiotic dispute with one of our clients regarding the German man's failure to properly deliver some doors the client had ordered for his home.

This guy started cursing me out and threatening me on a regular basis and refused to either get a lawyer or stop copying my client on his abusive emails. The issue finally resolved itself and he kept annoying me, so I wrote him a final email telling him I considered the matter settled and that I hoped I never had the displeasure of dealing with him again.

He proceeded to try and lecture me on how the use of lawyers in America was a "cultural sickness" and that we should take a lesson from the civility of Europeans (this is after his continued threats and cursing). It made me want to jump on a Lufthansa flight to Dusseldorf or wherever and pummel the everloving sh1t out of him.

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orange9 (Jul 29, 2017 - 1:04 pm)

Had this happen recently. I represented a client on 2 indictments. One had a suppression hearing and the whole show. He had an offer which required a plea to counts in both indictments. I was able to get an offer that only had him plea to a count in 1 indictment, and knocked a year off the sentence, and they would dismiss the other indictment when the codef completed a diversionary program.
He of course filed a fee arb alleging no work was done on the 2nd indictment and that we never even represented him on it. Certain clients have an image in their head based on what they see on tv, and you will only earn your fee if they see that.

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dingbat (Jul 31, 2017 - 12:31 pm)

once I closed a (rather small) deal just minutes before deadline - because the client only got me the paperwork the day of the deadline, mind you.

He calls the next day and shouts for a half an hour about how badly we sucked, and how we ruined everything. Just kidding, he knows we closed on time and was happy to get his paycheck. That was his idea of a joke, and our idea of when to fire a client

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cranky (Jul 31, 2017 - 1:42 pm)

That client sounds like a total jacka--. I could spend a whole day recounting all the instances of ungrateful clients. This is why doing small law, which entails lots of interaction with schmoes from the general public,stinks.

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