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Drop the Gloves

I had a client who was relentlessly argumentative. Every conversation felt as if it was adversarial, even about the smallest of things. For instance, I advised him that there was a lien against someone with the same name as him, and I needed to verify that it wasn’t his judgement.

 

“Are you calling me a deadbeat?” he asked. I assured him that I was not, but since the judgment, bearing a different address, pre-dated the time he bought this house, I needed to inquire.

 

“Why do you assume that it’s me?” he demanded. I promised him that I was doing no such thing, but merely working to clear title.

 

“Am I paying you to make accusations?” he said irately. “I’m not paying you to suspect me like this.”

 

After the closing, in which he threatened to report the title closer “to the authorities” for miscalculating the amount due to pay off his mortgage by about $12, my client reached towards me.

 

I’d already been paid, so I let my professionalism take a mini hike. “I don’t know whether you’re going to deck me or shake my hand,” I observed.

 

“Ha, ha,” he responded. “I think I do come across as a bit of a goon sometimes.”

 

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