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Old 09-04-2019, 05:35 PM
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Vultures Preying on the Elderly


I’m pitting all the parasites and vultures who are trying to pick the bones of my father’s estate even before he’s dead.

Real estate brokers, lawyers, old age homes, nursing homes, memory care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, all of them, they’re vultures.

But especially the brokers and lawers.

They know, those pieces of shit, that he doesn’t have that much money. The lawyers know this especially, because they are (or were, until I fired this particular firm) handing some matters for him that involve knowledge of his financial situation.

I see an elderly, incompetent man in need of care. They see what they believe to be a pile of money, and with a bit of effort, they think they can get their hands on some of it. As much as possible.

The lawers are the worst. One firm in particular. I won’t name it here (although I will be naming it, and the lawyers who “worked” on my father’s matter) in great detail to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Department (the local authority for disciplinary matters).

Tip: If you’re a lawyer, and you handle a very simple matter for an elderly person, which mostly involves getting some forms signed, when you download those forms from the internet, don’t forget to delete all the [insert name here] and [his/her] and [he/she] variables before you present it to the client. And don’t follow up with a bill for ten thousand fucking dollars (seriously – at this lawyer’s billing rate, that’s 28 hours of work, which did not happen), hoping he’s so incompetent he won’t notice, but will pay the bill anyway.

And don’t blow me (the son, who has power of attorney) off if you’re representing the old man in the sale of his home. It’s no fucking excuse that you agreed to a flat rate for that transaction that you now think was too low. Too fucking bad. I happen to know that you are ethically obliged to represent your client just as zealously for that amout as you would for ten times that amount. And I shouldn’t have to field calls from other parties to the transaction telling me what I have to do and what fees I have to pay and what papers I need to produce. You’re the fucking lawyer. That’s your job.

And real estate brokers, at least here in New York, are thieves anyway. I don’t think this broker was after my father’s money, in particular, any more than anyone else’s, but she’s a thief. 6%, of slightly over one million dollars, for what was maybe twelve hours of work. Nice! But having your pals at the staging furniture company (from whom she absolutely got a kickback – I checked, and she did) deliver some broken-down, hideous shit that was about the same quality as what I could have picked up on the sidewalk in New York for free is just adding insult to injury. And, of course, there’s a three-month minimum. Some of the chairs that were delivered were so broken down they weren’t safe to sit on. And to hand on the walls, a couple of dingy Warhol reproductions? Sure, they looked fine in the photos. But in the real world? They looked like the junk they were. I could have purchased actual decent furniture, kept it for myself after the sale, and it would have been cheaper.

[Insert name here] in-patient rehab facility in New York? Their physical therapists did nice work. Absolutely. Their administration was a nightmare. They refused to communicate with me, even though I have my father’s health care proxy. They kept pushing and pushing him for a DNR order, to the point where he started to freak out. And, even though, upon admission, we went over the costs and what was covered by Medicare, they kept coming back with demands for more money that had to be paid right away, in cash. Well, by credit card.

Fuck them all. In a decent society, they'd all be hanging from lampposts. Fortunately for them, we don't live in a decent society.
 

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