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Double-Crossed

There’s a man and a woman sitting together at the far side of the closing table. Though counsel for the sellers never bothers to make an introduction, I quickly deduce that she’s the seller.

Papers are sent around the table, and the seller’s pile somehow ends up on the buyers’ side, where I spot them.  “Why are there two signatures on every document?” I inquire. “Isn’t there just one seller?”

The title closer confirms that there’s just one seller of record, and tells the other attorney that the County Clerk won’t accept the documents with extra signatures.

Counsel huffs a bit, and then foolishly tries to argue that an additional signature doesn’t make any difference.  The closer holds her ground, I line up squarely behind her (figuratively), and reluctantly, the other attorney walks the documents back to his secretary and starts yelling at her.*

Finally, he returns with new documents. He ridiculously tries to cover his mistake by saying, “While I certainly consider you two a couple, because I was at your wedding, these women only care about Mary’s signature today. Their loss, right?”

A 20-minute closing doubled to a 40-minute closing because he didn’t give his client proper direction.  I guess he was correct: it was my loss all right.

*For the record, there was only one signature line typed on the Deed, and the other recording docs have multiple lines pre-printed, so this one was squarely on the boss, not the worker.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 22nd, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
Typical! Surprised he didn't blame it on the closer!! That's usually the case! Candi
real_lawyer
Jun. 24th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Nah, this was all about my being too-finicky.
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