I get really frustrated when someone doesn't take my legal advice - or intentionally circumvents it - then they wind up in a messy situation, and they expect me to unwind it. (Worse, they unrealistically want the solution to be quick and painless.) When the mess could have been prevented, when I warned them before they went down that path, and when they still decided to proceed to cause a problem, I find it hard to have compassion for the situation into which they've put themselves/their business. (A simple, but classic example: client starts to perform work without a legally binding contract and then client is "surprised" when they have trouble getting paid what they expected for that work. Sure, there might be legal recourse, but litigation is expensive and time consuming, oral contracts are hard to prove, and settlement for less than the full amount to avoid litigation cost is likely. In most cases, the whole mess could have been prevented with an appropriate contract upfront.)
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