Expectations, Part 2 (or so)

Apr 23, 2015 | Court Practices, Foreclosure, Real Court Stories, Solo practice

I  had a professor in law school who proclaimed loud and clear at least once a week that ‘your goal as lawyers should be to never be in a casebook,’ he would usually say it while brandishing said casebook.

He wasn’t referring to world shattering decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, he meant the contract cases that could have been settled amicably, tort cases where even a modicum of common sense would have kept them in the lower courts, property cases that mindlessly escalated . . .

. . . cases that took years and years, appeal after appeal before some judge, somewhere, finally addressed the issue, ended the thing and established new/upheld old law.

Long, drawn out cases belong in case books, Dickens novels, and Larry Ellison’s biography.

So, when a new client facing foreclosure comes to me armed to the teeth with printouts of California and Massachusetts cases where appellate and/or supreme courts have ruled for homeowners and against banks I cringe, sigh, and go about managing expectations.

First, foremost, I point out how many years the cases took, how costly they were. Then, how very much, despite the insistence of a chunk of the internet, those cases are outliers. Halley’s Comet rarities.

My goal – my absolute, unshakable – goal is to get the best outcome possible, as early as possible, to relieve the stress my clients are under. This does not include attacking the banks – I’ll leave that to Elizabeth Warren, Matt Taibbi et al. – and it most certainly does not include getting the client ‘a free house.’

All the better to stay out of the casebooks . . . and get the job done.

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Sarah Poriss, Attorney at Law, LLC is the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense law firm in Connecticut, providing homeowners with quality legal counsel in foreclosure mediation and foreclosure defense.

Working at Consumer Law Group in Rocky Hill, Connecticut for four years, Sarah specialized in representing consumers facing financial crises like debt collection harassment and identity theft. Upon opening her own office, she expanded her focus to defending consumers sued by credit card companies and representing homeowners in foreclosure.

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