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Breaking It Off

Since mid-2008, I have heard from a client every six months or so. She finds a house, puts in an offer, sends me an engineer’s report to discuss and dissect for a few weeks, perhaps has me request (and review) a contract, and then withdraws her offer each time with a cheery, “I’ll let you know when I find something better!” 

 

In March, the process played out almost exactly as it has four times before, with me doing lots of work and her sending zero money my way. However, this instance did have one big exception. Her sorry-the-deal-is-dead e-mail announcement didn’t contain her usual See you soon! sign-off.  This time she ended with, “I don’t think this whole house-buying thing is working out for me. I’m taking a break.”

 

I feel like a jilted fiancé, except I don’t have a diamond ring to sell on eBay.


 

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(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
I remember a closing, about 20 years ago, when you were stunned that the sellers were willing to pay their attorney by the hour, not to mention that the attorney in front of us was charging $250/hr. and she was tardy! When you have these situations, aren't you tempted to set a special hourly fee just for these kinds of potential clients instead of sticking to your reasonable fee/transaction? That 'type' never appreciates your 'type'. The egocentrism gets in the way...
real_lawyer
May. 19th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I am tempted, but I have already quoted a fee and provided a retainer. It'd be hard to tack on a retroactive "pain in the butt" additional fee, but I'm willing to consider suggestions.
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