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GMPLS
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I had an attorney call last week looking for a survey on an encroachment area that has already been surveyed by 2 others. Once about 15 years ago and once after the encroachment. The attorney said that the defendant's insurance company would be picking up the bill but apparently they don't like signing contracts. Is this a common thing? Why would I do work for either of them without a contract!?! I have plenty of other less stressful opportunities to make money. 

Has anyone else ever dealt with this?

Gregg

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Topic starter Posted : October 22, 2021 8:23 am
RADAR
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Posted by: @gmpls

apparently they don't like signing contracts.

Thank you, please call me when you change your mind.

 

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Posted : October 22, 2021 8:49 am
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James Vianna
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danger Will Robinson

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Posted : October 22, 2021 8:58 am
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James Fleming
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The raison d'etre of insurance companies is to avoid paying out money.  Great to have on your side of the table, not so much when they're sitting across from you. Just sayin'

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Posted : October 22, 2021 9:06 am
Chris Bouffard
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No contract, no work.

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Posted : October 22, 2021 9:11 am
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Peter Lothian
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Sounds to me like the attorney is conducting a social experiment. He wants to determine how easy it is to walk over you.

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Posted : October 22, 2021 9:17 am

Bruce Small
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I rarely have a contract per se, although everything is in writing thanks to emails. 

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Posted : October 22, 2021 9:24 am
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GMPLS
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I guess my gut feeling was correct. I wonder what the attorney would say if I asked his opinion on whether or not a contract is needed?

I sent him an email this morning but he's yet to respond. We'll see how it goes. 

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Topic starter Posted : October 22, 2021 10:27 am
Bill93
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Posted by: @gmpls

I wonder what the attorney would say if I asked his opinion on whether or not a contract is needed?

"That'll cost you $xxx/hour for me to figure out."

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Posted : October 22, 2021 11:46 am

Dave Karoly
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@bill93 “which side am I on?”

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Posted : October 22, 2021 12:10 pm
dmyhill
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Posted by: @gmpls

I guess my gut feeling was correct. I wonder what the attorney would say if I asked his opinion on whether or not a contract is needed?

I sent him an email this morning but he's yet to respond. We'll see how it goes. 

Unless the attorney is YOUR attorney, their answer is pretty irrelevant. You can tell if they are YOUR attorney by the feeling in your backside after the conversation (your wallet is lighter).

Someone needs to sign the contract. If the attorney wants the work, have them sign it. 

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Posted : October 22, 2021 12:47 pm
thebionicman
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They don't want to sign for one simple reason. Insurance is not in effect without a signed contract...

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Posted : October 22, 2021 1:00 pm

Lurker
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Tell the attorney to pay you prior to delivering your services if he doesn't want to sign a contract. Anyone who legitimately wants your professional services will be willing to do one or the other.

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Posted : October 22, 2021 2:59 pm
GMPLS
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The attorney was super fast with communication until I told him a signed contract was required. It's been crickets ever since....

Gregg

 

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Topic starter Posted : October 26, 2021 6:40 am
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James Vianna
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Posted by: @gmpls

that has already been surveyed by 2 others.

My original take on this situation was that the attorney was looking for a more favorable/different survey and didn't want to pay unless it showed such

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Posted : October 26, 2021 9:04 am

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