Dream of: 12 April2007 (2) "Worrisome Legal Problem"
I was at a bankruptcy meeting. A "Motion To Lift Stay" had been filed against one of my debtor-clients. I was sitting at a table in a big room. Many lawyers were sitting around the room, discussing matters. Another lawyer sitting next to me on my right had also had a Motion To Lift Stay filed against one of his debtor-clients. The Motion in my case was against a car, and in the other lawyer's case against a house. Both Motions had been filed by another attorney, who finally showed up and sat down on the other side of the table across from us. He was about 50 years old and seemed like a likeable fellow.
The lawyer on my right began talking with the attorney across from us. The lawyer said he wanted $45,000 for the house. The attorney across the table had already written down a figure on a piece of paper. I glanced at it and saw that it said $49,000. So I realized the lawyer on my right was going to receive even more than he had planned on. I didn't say anything. The two of them finished up their business and the attorney across the table turned to me.
We began talking and we seemed to quickly reach an agreement whereby my client would receive a transfer of title to the car. The attorney handed me a paper which was supposed to transfer the title to the car to my client. The paper was blue and looked something like a car title, but the word "Apothecary" was written at the top of the paper. The paper had not been signed anywhere. I looked it over. I didn't want to appear stupid, but I asked the attorney if it was necessary for him to sign the paper somewhere. He looked at the paper and indicated that it was indeed supposed to be signed, but that it hadn't been signed yet.
I continued perusing the paper. I told him I didn't see any words on the paper which indicated the title was transferred. I concluded this paper was not an actual transfer of title and I told the attorney what I thought. He seemed to dispute that, but he couldn't show me the language on the paper which would transfer title to the car. I was definitely concluding that this was not the proper paper.
I began wondering if my client had been in some kind of drugstore business. I looked through the file for the paper which would say what kind of business my client had been operating. I found a paper which said "Summons" and several little brown envelopes, about the size of a dollar bill. I seemed to recall that someone had given me all these envelopes the last time I had been here and I had simply stored them in this file.
As I continued looking, the attorney said we had met twice before at hearings on this matter. I definitely didn't remember that. I only had about 10 bankruptcy cases left. I hadn't been to court in ages, and I was simply trying to get rid of these last cases. I had been in Mexico for the last three months. I had only returned this morning and I had run down to this hearing.
I really didn't want to make a big deal of this. I just wanted out, but I realized I wasn't getting what I needed. I began thinking we might have to have a hearing today in front of the judge on this matter. Suddenly I realized my client wasn't even present. My client's absence would cause a serious problem if we had to have a hearing. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do, but the whole matter was beginning to become worrisome.
A couple other attorneys were having a discussion at a nearby table. I wasn't sure, but one looked as if he might be the bankruptcy trustee. The two attorneys began arguing. I thought at least I wasn't the only attorney here having problems. Unfortunately, however, I wasn't sure how I was going to resolve my problems.
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