Lies are Expensive
Bill will avoid your process server, so it will take several weeks or even months to start the lawsuit. He’ll file several motions before he answers your complaint. He’ll fail to answer your discovery requests, requiring your attorney to file serial motions to compel. He’ll fail to appear for his deposition. He’ll hire an attorney who he has used several times, then fire the attorney and represent himself. Then he’ll hire another attorney who will “need time to get up to speed.”
Bill’s objective is to make you spend so much money on the lawsuit that you will give up or accept a low settlement offer. This strategy has always worked for Bill.
Winning a judgment against Bill is only the beginning of the case, because the judgment is worthless if you can’t collect it, and Bill has been hiding his assets for years.
If you hired us, we’d tell you, first, that you should not be ashamed—elder abuse is an “epidemic” that costs seniors $2.9 billion annually, according to Senator Susan Collins, who heads the Senate Special Commission on Aging.
Second, we’d note that even sophisticated investors are defrauded by con men. According to Forbes, several billionaires and foundations were among Bernie Madoff’s victims.
Finally, we’d let you know that a few of these cases have satisfactory endings. Every now and then Bill goes to prison or is forced to return the money.
The best way to avoid Bill is exercising due diligence in selecting your professional advisors and knowing what to look for. For more on the characteristics of predators like Bill, read “The White-Collar Abuser” article by Loren Barr.
*Disclaimer. This is a fictional narrative based on common fact patterns we have encountered. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. The individuals who appear on the accompanying photos are dramatizations of fictional clients, witnesses, attorneys, or other parties. None of the individuals are actual clients, witnesses, attorneys, or parties to actual legal proceedings.