I ended up representing a crazy because I had an attorney/client relationship with him when he discovered that the foreclosure sale was 48 hours off. I needed to have taken my own advice about deselecting clients who won’t take your advice.
My concern here, both personally and professionally, was that I thought risky to say, two days from the foreclosure sale, that I would not represent this person in a bankruptcy. No matter that I thought keeping this house was insanity, and doing so by tapping retirement savings was worse. And that in the end, the effort would be futile.
The man proceeded to bring in a basket of unopened mail and sat in my conference room for half a day, just to get my paralegal the information necessary to do an emergency. Then, like a burr in a sweater, he was on my office doorstep the next morning, unannounced, to use our computers to do credit counseling! Goodness knows what it will take to complete the filing.
My take-away from this situation is that I should have said, far earlier in our encounters, that I would not represent the client and cut off the conversation. Persisting in trying to tender advice that was repeatedly rejected should have been the trigger for retreat.
Not to worry. I’ll figure this out with time. There’s a reason it’s called the “practice” of law.