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Over the years, I’ve learned that there is a direct correlation between the amount of work and preparation I put into an appointment and the probability it will be canceled or adjourned.

If all I needed was a legal pad and pen, the appointment almost always goes off without a hitch.  If I need to make extensive changes to, and then make five photocopies of, a 20 page document, the odds are overwhelming that the deal will die within one hour after the last set of papers is stapled together. 

So I knew better than to date the documents when I prepared (over the course of a few days due to the unusual terms) a six page Note, a 21 page Mortgage, and assorted other supporting documents for a closing yesterday.  Sure enough, the closing was postponed.

Superstition or practical habit?  I don’t care what you call it; I just don’t place a date on any documents until I am sitting at the table, accompanied by the parties and their checks.

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
This is the absolute truth! When you change plans for a deal or a client (I even postponed a vacation once) the chances are really good the effort will be wasted. Most times the clients don't mean to mess with me, but nevertheless, I have decided to be totally unmovable the next time I am asked to rearrange my life.
real_lawyer
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry that you are able to relate. The rearranging is at times infuriating, but it is part of working for others (clients). What I find hardest is when my time is considered irrelevant and is not compensated.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
doing things the brazilian way
I am an American who relocated to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.. here things always get pushed back... It is a nice lifestyle though once you get in the groove of things..

I am happy to get out of the "rat race"... especially when you can live in a beachfront villa for only $150,000. i bought my house at www.investmentsonthebeach.com
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