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Would anybody here really expect a lawyer to work for free?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by KiloBravo, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    There is a very young female co-worker that I interact with on a daily basis.

    She has some issues with a landlord lately as far as collecting some back fees that were owed to her. This co-worker had to have her lawyer write a letter to the landlord stating she was owed $xx.xx.

    Long story short...my co-worker's lawyer sent the letter and she received the back payment from the landlord. She comes into the office today and is PISSED. I ask why and she says it is because she got a bill from her lawyer for $100.00 for writing the letter and then following up to make sure everything was taken care of and whatever else he did. That $100 bill is more than what she actually collected from the landlord in back fees.

    She was mad because she claimed the lawyer never told her he would charge her anything before taking action on her behalf. I explained that it might have been a little silly to believe he was working for her out of the kindness of his heart. I said lawyers gotta eat to, and I imagine they rarely work for free. I suggested that she get everything in writing up front next time.

    Am I the only one who would have known I would be charged by my lawyer for such services rendered? I know that folks don't normally do their JOB for free. Anybody else think like this too? Or do you expect there to be some agreement made up front before anything is done?
     
  2. RichJ

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    So she had sex with him for nothing? Freakin' lawyers. :whistling:
     

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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Tell her she learned a valuable lesson... don't expect anything for free.
     
  4. VELO

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    My attorney is also a good friend. I never expect any of his help for free.

    We always make a joke when we start talking about lawyer stuff about whether or not the meter is running. If he says yes, then I immediately change the subject! :tongueout:

    $100 for a letter and follow up sounds like a good deal to me. Probably an hour or so of his and the paralegal's time for a hundred bucks?
     
  5. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Knowing what little I do about being a lawyer and their usual fees, I thought it was probably a pretty good deal as well for her.
     
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  6. Naelbis

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    If you need a lawyer then it is worth it to make sure that the other party picks up the tab...especially if money is involved.
     
  7. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom MiniCapitalist

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    And another young lady learns that a ****** does not mean everything is free.
     
  8. airmotive

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    Insert ban-worthy joke here --> _________________________
     
  9. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    In most states it is unethical for a lawyer to take on a new client without a Representation Agreement that sets out the fees to be charged, along with several other things that are very important to a successful attorney-client relationship. The client is asked to read it and sign it. That way there can be no room for mis-interpretation.
     
  10. 4TS&W

    4TS&W 2A RKBA 4EVER

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    Hey, lawyers are the ones that came up with the term "pro bono"..... :)

    edit: I'm assuming that this does not this was not meant as a thumbs up for sonny and cher, or the lead singer of U2.. :)
     
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  11. vikingsoftpaw

    vikingsoftpaw DEPLORABLE ME!

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    Sounds like that young female coworker believes that her beauty is an EazyPass through life.

    In a similar situation, a friend of mine owned a house, in which a young female was renting. She offered to trade 'favors' for her rent. She was surprised to find out that her 'favor' was only worth $20 toward rent, the going rate of drug prostitutes. She believed the value of her favor was more like was more like $600. Silly women......

    She too young to know what she doesn't know...
     
  12. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    DAMNIT! I didn't get to this thread near fast enough.
     
  13. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    In the short time spent dealing with lawyers I have never seen anything to contradict this. I have been given a "ball park" answer when that is all that is possible, but have never once been charged significantly more than originally agreed upon by both parties.
     
  14. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    This is why I always laugh when somebody on GT complains about getting ripped off for a few hundred bucks or so, and then somebody else always says, "call a lawyer",:rofl:as if you can actually pay a lawyer a 200 dollars to go to court and win 1000 for you:rofl: and then your going to walk away with the other 800.:rofl:

    I guess there's a lot of people on GT who've never hired a lawyer before.

    Long story short: The job needs to pay well for the lawyers or it doesn't matter who has truth & the law on their side. It won't go to court if the lawyers can't make a decent paycheck off of it.
     
  15. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    We need a socialized lawyer program. Kind of like a socialized healthcare, it's for the children, and whiny women in this case. :supergrin:
     
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    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Day1, Hour1 in my Contract Law course:

    "Truth, Justice, and the American Way.... depends on who's payin' ya .....:supergrin:

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  17. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I'd give up free medical care for free legal counsel any day. WAYYYY more laws to bleed you than diseases to kill you.
     
  18. faawrenchbndr

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    I'm betting she voted Demoncrapt in the last election!:whistling:
     
  19. airmotive

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    This is the sort of situation for which small claims court exists.

    Doesn't anybody watch Wapner anymore?
     
  20. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    Lol! A good lawyer is worth every penny! A bad lawyer is a nightmare.

    And yes sometimes you l