Out on the street with a message By Louis Houlbrooke NZ Herald 5:00 AM Friday June 13, 2014
The 61-year-old became a casualty of the leaky homes crisis after an apartment he bought in 1999 suffered water damage. When he disputed the repair bill, [his own] legal costs forced him into bankruptcy.
For Mr Young, who’s been homeless for 13 years, sign-waving isn’t just a way of passing the time. “I got the message from passers-by that ‘you’re a bum, get a job’. So I said to myself, ‘blow it, I’m going to concentrate and say a few things’.”
It is always important to have a workable legal strategy and a realistic budget, with more than 50% contingency remaining (personally 90% contingency is a minimum).
Each time you get your legal worker to do something, require that you are invoiced immediately afterwards and pay the bill. This way, you know exactly what your expenses are and how far through the process you might be.
Judge the value for money as you go, so that you can immediately change your legal worker, if they are failing to meet your minimum standard.
Most men suffer more damage from their own legal worker, than they suffer from the judge or the other party’s legal worker put together.
If you take on your legal worker on retainer, you will likely pay top dollar price and also pay for a soft number of hours to boot. Many customers simply run out of money, well before finishing the legal action that they started (hence the suggestion that if you don’t have 9 times more cash in bank than you think the legal action will cost, don’t start it).
One might hope for the very best service if paying a retainer. In practice however, most? legal workers feel under less pressure to work sharply and well, if they know they are holding a retainer. Conversely, if they know that every next task is your conscious decision, they are more likely to stay alert and awake on the job.
Certainly don’t accept any alligator offers, don’t pay us now, we can just take it out of the house sale, when that goes through. This leaves you with no workable options to dispute an unreasonable kill, which is why the alligator smiled so wide as he said it.
You almost certainly need to allow in your budget, to get second opinions at several points through the process. You need to ask an independent legal worker. This is easy to say and quite difficult to do. It is difficult to get independent advice, as they are mostly mates of each other. It is important to check that you are getting independent advice, you just pay good money for nothing, otherwise.
Lookup Chris Jones…. I understand that he paid top dollar for his legal services, but really he only got his rights through the caught$, when everything spilled out into public view, after several years. Look it up, it is a good warning.
So, it looks to me that there is a very hard lesson here. If you play by their secrecy rules, you leave yourself easy to take for a ride. If the issue is protecting your children, then following the secrecy rules, ends up failing to protect your children. Tough set of choices, if you deal with the mafia.
The caught$ only hurt people who take them seriously.
Take seriously the damage that they can do to you!
> Dealing with caught$ is gambling
> When you are having children, have a few spares, so you can afford to gamble, if you really have to.
> Only gamble with ex-wives you want to lose.
Are people willing to share war stories?
Several people have shown me piles of paper and said they cost $50,000, another $500,000. Did you get anything worthwhile? Just the paper……