From the #MoronFiles | Be Specific When Asking for Help

PRELUDE: 

Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say that I see all kinds of crazy stuff in my line of work. Some of the things that come across my desk make me frustrated with society and you probably know that I blog about Fighting Fair on the Internet because of the things that I see.  In addition, sometimes the things that I see that frustrate me include others that are part of my profession. Like any profession, there are certain shit bags (okay, maybe they aren’t all shitbags…just some of them) out there that give us lawyers a bad reputation and quite frankly, it pisses me off.

Some things that I see warrant a full blog article – so I write those.  Others just warrant a short mention because I find the conduct both outrageous AND funny.  I’ve decided to start a collection of true stories, with some identifying facts modified so I don’t have to deal with the psychos, and will be continually adding more of those to the #MORONFILES for your reading pleasure:

01/15/2020 – #MORONFILES ENTRY

So I’m not sure of this is full blown “#MoronFiles” worthy story but it’s been a while since I’ve shared my frustrations about others in my profession. This is relatively short, but the exchange that I had to review is this:

  • Lawyer writes to one of my business clients asking how to get someone from one of their departments to help them. Nothing more…just a basic one liner asking how to get help.
  • Business department writes back asking for more information – for the lawyer to be more specific as to what they need help with.
  • Lawyer writes back again with another single sentence but barely providing enough information for business department to even know what the lawyer is even referring to.
  • Business department writes back and provides generic information – because they have nothing specific to go off of.
  • Lawyer writes back AGAIN with short fragmented sentences saying that they want to take some action with regard to “this” but never explains what “this” is.

I looked this person up. This is a real, licensed lawyer. With the level of vagueness and lack of effort actually put into explaining anything I actually thought it was another person pretending to be a lawyer…but nope…someone who apparently passed a bar and obtained a license to practice.

Attorneys: if you can’t take the time to be specific about your situation when asking a question, or asking for help (so that a business can appropriately evaluate your question) you absolutely DO NOT deserve to be helped. Don’t be rude and waste people’s time and resources because you’re too lazy to type out a proper explanation/inquiry. Emails are NOT for “chit chat.” A business isn’t going to waste it’s time pulling information from you. You can, and should, do better.

Until next time friends…

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