I’m told that there’ll be no problems, and neither she nor her ex object to the unorthodoxy of the deal. I take one more stab at advising her that if there’s another attorney involved, her imagined transaction will be DOA.
“There’s no other attorney and there absolutely won’t be a hitch,” she reassures me. Since it’s neither illegal nor unethical, I take the e-mail address of her ex and send along straightforward directions for how and where documents must be executed and delivered.
Two days later, two e-mails arrive. One is from the attorney for the ex, who blasts me, full-force, for my audacity in improperly proposing such a preposterous deal. And the other? It’s from the woman who hired me to make the deal happen, despite my counsel to the contrary. She’s angry that I “scared off” the ex and screwed up her master plan.