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Well, The Ides Of March Have Come


Who is it in the press that calls on me?

I hear a tongue shriller than all the music

Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.


Beware the ides of March.


What man is that?


A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

I know I’ve related some stories about attorneys who hand their cards to my clients at the end of closings, and as backstabbing is the topic du jour, I recall an attorney who I helped out a few times over the years (when he was overbooked, he'd ask my assistance in getting out of a closing super fast).

On the way out of a normal paced closing, I had gone to the restroom while everyone else at the closing had made their way to the elevator and presumably the parking lot. A few minutes later, I was surprised to still see my clients in the lobby.

The clients handed me the attorney’s business card and said that he’d passed them his card as they were leaving. Seems he boldly stated that if they needed help in the future, he’d give them a 10% better price than any I quoted!

I called him when I got back to the office and asked where he got off repaying my courtesies with such a blatant attempt to grab my clients. “My wife just had twins,” he said. “Courtesy is irrelevant.”

To make it perfect for readers, this story should have a happy ending. And it does--these clients have sold and bought again with me as their attorney. Plus, I read in the local Bar Association newspaper that this attorney has had his license suspended for an escrow violation.


Be careful out there today!


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Got What He Deserved
I like happy endings. It's just frustrating that they often take so much time to occur that you begin to believe people doing bad things to other people look like they never get their just reward. I not a 'spring chicken' so I've seen a lot of people do bad things to others, even family. What's particularly sad is the ever-decreasing morals, ethics and even common courtesy I see in many people today.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Got What He Deserved
I agree. So many issues could be resolved and conflicts avoided if we all started from a place of courtesy and respect. But there's so much prejudging and projecting that escalation is often unavoidable.
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Got What He Deserved
Another great post…it keeps me coming back..thank you.
fast house sale
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Great story

Judith Buyers Advocates (http://www.astutebuyersadvocates.com.au)
Sep. 22nd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Not bad...
Well, good for you and bad for him. I believe in karma; we better play it right if we never wanted to go wrong.


Naples Property Management (http://www.naplespropertymanagement.net/)
Sep. 27th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
The world of real estate is tough and no matter how good you are you can't avoid this kind of episodes. When it comes to money people get meaner. I don't think one case example should be able to change one's perspectives on the job...
Bothwill, Real estate Austin TX
Sep. 30th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
You Get What ou Give
That was not a lawyer, at least not am ethical one. I wonder then what would he have done if he were in your place when the card-clients incident happened?

Alex Mustang
Winnipeg Rentals
Sep. 30th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Re: You Get What ou Give
I'm thinking he's always the do-er, and that it's never been done to him.
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
@real_lawyer, yeah - same thing here. http://attorneyspost.com
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
He is just saving karma up, he is going to get all that back, take it for granted.

Alex Mustang
Winnipeg Rentals
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Karma
I wouldn't be sad if he did. He's already on his way!
Oct. 22nd, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Karma
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
This story is actually quite shocking. You never get to know a person until they do one mistake just like this one here. Sometimes there is room for redemption, but in this case... I don't think so.
Background Check
Oct. 18th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: courtesy
Please don't take offense, but what is it about this one blog entry from March that keeps getting comments from self-promoters?

I appreciate your reading and replying. I just don't get why this particular story is still so interesting seven months later.

Edited at 2010-10-18 03:36 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
This is a good one too!
After my husband and I closed on a condo we bought in Long Beach, the sellers real estate agent asked if they could put the condo back on the market. (I think I owned it all of 10 minutes at the time) to resell it immediately since prices have gone up so much since we had gone to contract. This conversation took place while we were all still at the table right on front of my agent!! YIKES!! That was nervy!

Mar. 15th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: This is a good one too!
Nervy is right. Yeesh.
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