I do not wish to give away much of a backstory or front story, since I’ve already been through the wringer and I don’t to disclose too many more private details.
Here is what is happening:
I need to reach this one particular attorney — who I will call Mr. Smith (so he doesn’t get confused with my atty, who is also part of this story), in regard to an issue that more or less has to do with my future.
This thing started on May 28 and it’s now July 11 and I still don’t have an answer from Mr. Smith. All he needs to do is examine data and the data is readily available. It should not take long for a yes or a no. I should have had an answer by June 5. Splitting the atom is not involved.
I spoke to him on the 28 of May at his office . Mr. Smith assured me he’d have an answer relatively quickly. A second person is also involved and Smith said he’d speak to “Jim” and discuss with Jim what I wished to do.
10 days went by. No word from Smith. He did not reply to my atty’s emails, either.
I called Smith on June 8 and told him I was awaiting his reply and decision. He never called me.
2 more weeks went by; now it is June 22. I left another message and said I still needed to know whether it was yes or no.
Nothing. Not a call, not an email, not a word. My atty did not get a reply, either from Smith.
On June 30, I drove to Smith’s office (a good 70 miles from here); I arrived at 3:00 — since he met with me at 4:30 the last time I needed to see him, I stayed around until 5. The office was closed and nobody was on site. I figured I’d wait for him.
As I was all set to leave, my atty phoned me. He said he heard from Smith and he woud call me later on.
I heard from Smith the next morning. “Refesh my memory what’s going on…” Refesh your memory?! I already got kind of pissed –I lost FOUR WEEKS of time!!! He should have had a decision for me!!! (if you ask me that “refresh my memory” is bunk — he tried to cover for not replying to me long before he finally called me back on June 30 — Smith knew the entire time what the story was. Man.)
And what happened to JIM??? I didn’t even get a phone call from Jim anywhere during the time span of May 28- June 30! Didn’t Smith even mention what I wanted to Jim at all???
I had to recant the whole story to Smith. He assured me he would let me know if it is yes or no in a few days and what I was asking sounded like a good idea and that all he had to do was call Jim and then Smith would let me know if it is yes or no…….
And here it is, nearly 2 weeks later.. and I still cannot reach Mr. Smith. I did not hear from Jim, either.
He has no admin on site in his office. The admin who works for him is either part time or telecommutes, I think.
Whenever I call the office, all I get is voicemail. Nobody “live” ever gets the phone.
He’s got another attorney who shares the office (and he said he was covering for that atty since he is on vacation — but still…wow,, who doesn’t return a call in a reasonable amount of time???)
I don’t know whether Smith is part time, semi retired or what, but how long CAN you go without returning somebody’s call within a reasonable length of time???
(and I still do not know if Jim knows or not what’s going on! I never heard from him — which means I am being disregarded by Jim…or maybe Jim has no clue I requested what I requested!)
I sent a certified mail letter to Jim, telling him what I just told you guys — I did not load it up with a lot of conjecture; just the facts — and I asked Jim to call me asap and for him to give me his decision; I told him that I am under a severe time constraint and I need a yes or a no immediately.
That’s a long story why I don’t have anther phone number for him or email addy (Smith says that the number I have — I think it is a cell phone and not a landline — is the only number he has for Jim. Not possible— how does Smith reach Jim, then??? When I call the number I have for Jim, I get a recording that goes “the mailbox is full; please enter your password…” That is all I have ever gotten when I’ve dialed that number. Something is flim flammy with that telephone number. Not possible your phone is out of commission since I’ve had that telephone number you gave me.
What’s going on here? Why hasn’t either person called me to let me know if it is YES or NO???? No reply from either party!
I cannot see how you can conduct business like this or leave somebody hanging regarding a vital issue.
Does anybody have any suggestions?? I can’t seem to get the ball moving on this and I need an answer now.