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Friday PM Drama Queen

 

There are attorneys who thrive by pouncing on colleagues on Friday afternoon right around 5:00 PM.  Litigators fax over voluminous papers, real estate attorneys fax or e-mail inflammatory demands.  They engage in a dramatic and punitive game of tag-you’re-it, so they can go home smugly happy that they have ruined others’ weekends while clearing their desks.  I call them the “Friday Afternoon Drama Queens” no matter their gender.

 

I have only dealt with few of this Queens lately, one of the few bonuses of toiling in our real estate wasteland.  But last Friday at 4:58 (after advising his secretary earlier in the week that I’d be out of the office that day), this long-time practitioner of royal colleague screwing tried to one-up me with a very, very, very inflammatory fax that took a cordial deal with a slight misunderstanding and elevated it into a transaction on the verge of litigation.

 

This being far from my first time at the real estate poker tournament, late that night I sent him an e-mail with my ace-in-the-hole:  Certainly, if you had taken the time to go to the source rather than listen to the erroneous information conveyed by the sales agent, you would know you are mistaken.  And I trust that your client would hate to have his money wasted on your legal fees, when he finds out a simple call on Monday morning would have resolved everything easily and without cost, rather than learning you baited my client into a lawsuit.

 

He e-mailed to apologize for “jumping the gun.”

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Happy Birthday, Shari & Gary!

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