My managing attorney is appearing at a Mandatory Settlement Conference this morning (an appearance required prior to Trials in family law cases). Both opposing counsel and the claimant's counsel (claimant is the parties' son who is stating he has an interest in one of the residences, we say he does not), failed to show up for the last Mandatory Settlement Conference, so the Court, on it's own Motion indicated they would hear argument regarding sanctions at today's hearing.
Both opposing counsel and claimant's counsel submitted declarations that were total BS full of blatant out and out LIES. Some BS about traffic and that's why they didn't appear - oh really? Then why wouldn't you call the Court and advise them you were going to be late like we do all of the time? Also - why when I called you nearly 2 hours after the hearing was supposed to start to ask you where the heck you were - you told me you "assumed it was off calendar". You forgot to mention that in your declaration. You also were NOT stuck in traffic when I spoke with you. LIAR!
The attorney just texted me and said that opposing counsel told the judge that our office is difficult to deal with. HA!
Let's review, Opposing counsel has no fax, no physical address (PO Box only), no email address, and whenever we send anything by mail he alleges he doesn't get it forcing us to go to the expense of sending EVERY piece of correspondence to him by certified mail. What else, oh ya, you lie. Constantly. About everything.
We sent a discovery request, meaning that his client had to provide a ton of documents we were requesting for within 30 days. After 25 or so days he calls and asks for an extra week, so it would now be due in 37 days. On day 38, after receiving nothing we sent him a "meet and confer" letter indicating his response was now late, therefore, he waived any objections he may have had, and if we did not get the full response within 10 days we would file a motion to compel the response and request for attorneys fees.
Do you know what his response was? That he never got our discovery request. You know, the one he had previously asked for an extension on. Note - this was when we determined we would send everything certified mail. We argued, filed a Motion and the Court didnt' order sanctions and gave him 20 days to comply.
After 20 days, no response. He calls, said he's sick and needs more time. Give him 5 more days. He calls, now his dad is sick. We give him 5 more days. He calls, now his dad died. We give him a week. He calls, now his wife had a miscarriage, we give him another week. He calls, said he's sick again, I say NO, we need it by the end of today period. We finally get a box full of documents, unorganized, not in any kind of order as required. This was last month. Either this guy is the most unlucky SOB in the world or a giant liar. I'm going with the later.
Now this mandatory settlement conference is today. You're required to exchange a bunch of stuff 7 days prior. We of course, get theirs and the claimants (ps the two attorneys are in bed together or something) documents YESTERDAY. The DAY BEFORE. Not 7 days before. So I draft up an objection. The rule states if the orders aren't followed sanctions SHALL be imposed.
So help me God, if the Court does not order sanctions against both of those lame-ass attorneys I'm going to scream.
Oh, did I mention the parties are in their 80's and I think the reason for all of this is that they want to keep stalling so that our client dies and their client and the parties' son can have everything? Pathetic. Makes me sick.
YOUR office is hard to deal with!!!!!!!!!!! I need a xanax or something.......