Advice to lawyers

To the Journal editor:

Divorce is hard enough, but when attorneys don’t do their part, divorce becomes even harder. I am aware of a couple whose actual divorce was supposed to be effective two months ago. Unfortunately, one attorney has failed to complete the paperwork so that the each party can move on. The other attorney has apparently not been on the first attorney’s case about it, either. Meanwhile, the first attorney has (somehow) had time to get a fair amount of television exposure and press regarding “other” matters.

My question is this: How is it that people we call professionals get away with such unprofessional behavior? Because we allow it, I guess. They charge outrageous fees for services. One might make the assumption that the services received would be equal to their cost, but that does not seem to be the case here.

Where is the compassion for the lives of those affected? How can the parties move forward when, two months later, it is the same status quo except that they are no longer living together? In this technological age, when so much is dependent upon proper documentation and cross-checking with computers, especially where the health and well being of children are involved, especially when bank accounts are tied up, and even when name changes and credit card applications need to be completed, and insurance coverage needs to be altered, where is a professional’s responsibility for completing the job that one was hired for?

I have three recommendations for attorneys and other professionals everywhere: Do deliver the services for which you were hired in a timely fashion. Do not take on more than you can handle.

Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. I have respect for the person who does his job. I lack respect for the person who does not.

Louise Reichert