Through a mix of cautionary tales, inside information, and elaborate tongue-in-cheek instructions, Portia Porter exposes the achilles heel of the legal profession: if you don’t want to pay your lawyers, there is little they can do about it. In the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” this hilarious instruction manual for grifters should be required reading for any law student, and for anyone contemplating divorce litigation.
In Portia’s clients, you will meet a cast of characters with gall and moral turpitude worthy of inclusion in an Elmore Leonard novel. And Portia Porter will introduce you to a state bar association that makes the bureaucracy of Heller’s Catch-22 seem downright rational.
The answer to “Can You Stiff your Divorce Lawyer?” is an emphatic yes, but be careful not to outsmart yourself in the process. And even if you have no intention of doing either, you will finish reading this book far wiser about the ways of the law. Great gift for that law student in your life.
Portia Porter has struck out on her own and landed her first big client: a millionaire many times over who needs a divorce. But as the billable hours and expenses mount, Portia is learning first hand how hard it is to get a client to pay if they don’t want to.
Will her tiny firm crumble under the weight of his unpaid bills? Or might the confusion and expense of switching lawyers be the leverage she needs to finally get paid?
With a biting wit, endearing characters, and a story that will leave you reeling, Beaver vs. Beaver is the quintessential legal comedy.
For law students, pre-law, young lawyers with a solo practice, and anybody who enjoys laughing at lawyers . . . I mean, legal comedy.
(a version of this story first appeared in “Can You Stiff Your Divorce Lawyer? Tales of How Cunning Clients Can Get Free Legal Work.”)
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But Mrs. Grimm also has demands that are not so routine in a divorce lawyer’s office: she does not want to involve any lawyers.
Or to air her laundry in court.
Or to sue her husband.
Impossible, you say?
Maybe not for Portia Porter and her faithful legal team. This time, they even might get paid. Or will they?
Portia Porter explains the intrigue of Judges’ Chambers. The Raccoon explains high fashion.