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Old 02-11-2014, 12:26 PM
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A strange mix of freedom and eerie lonesomeness. Especially when you don't formulate plan B before you terminate Plan A..

Like buyers remorse, in reverse.

Damn....
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:29 PM
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A strange mix of freedom and eerie lonesomeness. Especially when you don't formulate plan B before you terminate Plan A..

Like buyers remorse, in reverse.

Damn....
Not as lonely as Hunter felt when he fired Dr. Gonzo.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:54 PM
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never had to hire one, luckily..
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No. I had to divorce mine. The feelings seem to be the same as you though.
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Yes, but if you felt you had to fire him/her, then it was a relationship that was going downhill fast. It's your money and it's their job to make you feel confident and satisfied with their performance.

But it does create more work for you. I made the mistake of hiring a friend, so it was a double whammy.
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He said he'd sue me if I fired him.
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I fired in a couple of attorneys (they were partners) that represented me. They agreed to a fixed price to handle an eviction. The tenant was more trouble than they anticipated and they wanted more money. There was no written agreement.

After letting them know in a very civil tone that they weren't living up to our agreement and I would no longer be utilizing them, they charged me fifty cents a page to give me the accumulated paperwork. This was in 1985.

Lesson learned - Get everything in writing.
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I have fired at a couple of 'em.


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I know it was the right move. Except you get haunted by the adage of hiring someone for their specialty and when you don't like what they say, then why did you hire them.

Versus the fact that I'm paying good money to get what I want and when you don't feel like they are aligned with your thoughts you have to let them go.

It's a very fine line if you think about it.

I'm not "anti lawyer" type. I've had wonderful relationships and typically when you fight for the right side of something it's an easy task.

Sometimes far more complex.
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Do not hire friends then firing for non performance is easy say good bye!
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I must be in the minority on THT, I do not have an attorney to fire, lol.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:16 PM
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Do not hire friends then firing for non performance is easy say good bye!
This was totally a professional relationship. Did not know him personally.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not feeling bad for him. Could not care much less about him.
Just mind boggling starting over with someone new in this particular process. Especially when you don't have someone new to start over with.
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In the professional sense attorneys are simply tools to use in the course of your life. I would no more or less discard one when it failed to meet my expectations of performance than I would a wrench or hammer. That being said when you start to use one as a counselor and develop a relationship it is harder to pull the string when it is time. The real problem is that, there is no objective measure of good or bad attorneys. The feeling of trust develops over time and that is a hard thing to let go of. It will take time and recommendations to find the next one but hopefully it will work out for you.
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No but I have fired my realtor. Bitch sucked ass.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:43 PM
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Yes I have fired an attorney.
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This was totally a professional relationship. Did not know him personally.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not feeling bad for him. Could not care much less about him.
Just mind boggling starting over with someone new in this particular process. Especially when you don't have someone new to start over with.
I hope you got a copy of your file so your new attorney doesn't bill you for things that were already done.
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No but I have fired my realtor. Bitch sucked ass.
Dang! I usually pay extra for that kinda action.
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I had a business partner/friend who had brain cancer. After surgery, chemo, radiation the doctors gave up. Last ditch effort was to fly to Texas and try M.D.Anderson (hospital Armstrong went to). I had multiple businesses and real estate with this partner. I suggested we buy him out in one business so he could use the money for living expenses for his wife during the open ended stay. If all worked out, he could buy back in at a later date.Now remember, that some of these treatments had effects on his reasoning so we were trying to wrap all this up before he left just in case things went bad. Stupid lawyer used the wrong name on the documents. Couldn't get the stupid bitch who answered the phone to understand he had a flight the next day and needed to sort this out today. Refused to have the lawer call us back. Finally, out of desperation I told her to tell him he's fired. He called back in an hour and couldn't understand my frustration. Got the paperwork finalized that night. Fired him the next day. His wife was a friend of ours from church.
Some lawyers suck, some are great.
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I came very close a few years ago. He was the right man for the job just super busy. He called a day prior to my mental deadline of if I didn't hear from him by X he is terminated. In the end he outperformed but the beginning was a little shaky.

Last week my friend just had his lawyer fire him. Lawyer already spend 4 hours on the case and gave my friend back $3k of the $3500 retainer because he didn't want to deal with him


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No but I have fired my realtor. Bitch sucked ass.
Doesn't it feel good? I just dumped my realtor. His First sale of 6 town homes I'm
building and he was so far removed from the process on top of not showing up for closing, in his only call to me two days later, he kept referring to the buyer as Him. It was a 31yo single woman.

Dude f'd up a guaranteed minimum 2.25% commission on the remaining $2.8M.
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I fired my first divorce attorney after spending 10K and getting no where. She basically set me up to spend a crap load playing the game until I was dug in too deep. My second attorney was told up front and still played along for awhile eventually costing 40K but got me divorced with some skin left. LOL Fifteen years later and only one more year of child support. :-) My ex also went thru at least 5 attorneys over the year still fighting husband 3 and 4. The last I heard she might lose her home in the very near future.
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