Thursday, December 2, 2010

Malpractice: Secretary X's synonym for Thursday fun!

Secretary X came to me today with an Attorney Fee Statement with a note from Associate for Secretary X to schedule the other attorney's deposition. I explained that was not the process, and instead we needed to file a formal objection, schedule an evidentiary hearing, and have an expert testify that the amount they are requesting - $20k - was unreasonable for 3 months of work on a $500 claim. 

I then saw the faxed date at the top and asked her if we had responded. She hadn't even calendared our objection (which is due within 14 days of service), and it was already overdue - the time for response had passed. She wasn't sure if their Statement had been filed. I told her she needed to look up the filing date on the court docket ASAP because this could be a major disaster.

She refused because she was told by B-Dub to use the court docket program sparingly because it costs money when you use it. I assured her this was a necessary and important use of $2.00 and that B-Dub surely would not contest said expense. She refused again.

Ignorance may be no excuse for the law, but it is an excuse not to PRACTICE law, people!!!


Hand her $2.00 and express my interest in not losing my job because our malpractice premiums get too high to continue the firm.

Pull up the court docket on her computer while she is at lunch and leave it up for her to find when she returns (we get charged by the minute to view the court docket). Watch from my desk as she looks from desk to desk for the culprit. Chuckle wildly.

Make a spit ball launcher from her favorite pen. Lock. Load. Launch!


  1. What did you end up doing? I've just started following your blog (I'm starting my Paralegal studies in Ontario in the Fall) and this Secretary X seriously pisses me off. How could anybody be that incompetent and still have their job? That is a rhetorical question, as I'm sure you ask yourself that everyday :P

  2. It turned out that it was mistakenly never filed with the court, so the deadline was not triggered. Eventually, they followed the process I outlined for then.

    Thanks for reading, by the way. Not a day goes by that I don't ask myself why B-Dub can't man-up and get rid of her. The answer lies in his avoidance of HR issues all together.

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