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tales from the front The Cost Of Keeping A Situation Confi dential Some of my previous missives and columns in this esteemed publication have dealt with judges with an agenda or attorneys who act unprofessionally in the courtroom. Today, my tale from the front is a little bit different because this time, no real injustice was done. Well, not to my office and not to my client — but maybe to Mrs. Brady. Debt 3 March/April 2010 14 Timothy Wan, who is a partner at Smith Carroad Levy P.C. in Commack, N.Y., can be reached at twan@smithcarroad.com and knows that in the “Brady Bunch,” Mr. Brady was an architect, not an attorney. It’s a pop-culture allegory; stop being such a pedant. This tale began with a routine medical bill collection case, where a patient — Alice — went to the emergency room with a cut on her hand. Apparently, she got the cut on the job, while cleaning large homes on the east end of Long Island. When she arrived at the hospital, she presented emergency contact information for Mr. Brady, although she wasn’t cleaning the Brady home at the time. She was treated and discharged and never presented any insurance — and never made any payment. As such, the hospital referred the case to us for suit. After commencing suit, Alice failed to respond, and we entered a default judgment. In the enforcement of the judgment, we located a bank account with an excess of $150,000 in it, held by joint tenant Mr. Brady. Within hours of being notified of the restraint on the account, we were contacted by an attorney — none other than Brady himself. During the call, Brady was irate, yelling, screaming and using language that would prompt him to wash Bobby Brady’s mouth out with laundry detergent. As I searched in our computer system for Alice’s case, I noticed that we actually had two other cases against her, as well. One was a $6,000 judgment on behalf of the family planning and reproductive care center of the hospital. The other was for an unpaid emergency room bill, which still required signed verification from our client. The bill was from a motor vehicle accident in Queens County in which Alice was the passenger. At 2 in the morning. In a car driven by Mr. Brady. (For those unfamiliar with New York geography, Queens is hours away from the east end of Long Island). No motor vehicle insurance, or any other kind of insurance, had been presented. On the caption of the notyet-served pleadings, both Alice and Brady were named. I advised Brady of the pending action, and his tenor changed from anger and venom to muted desperation. “Did you serve it yet?” he asked. “Not yet,” I responded. “I’ll admit to service,” he said. “Can you send it to my office?” “What the address of your office?” I asked. “123 Main Street. Queens,” he replied. “Sure,” I said. “We can mail it to your office. But why don’t we just work out a deal to settle all three cases?” “That sounds like a good idea, Mr. Wan,” he said. “But you haven’t sent anything to my house, have you?” “Just the initial demand letter,” I said. He then spewed a stream of obscenities that made it seem as if he had just eaten Sam the Butcher’s unrefrigerated weekold pork sausage. When Brady settled down emotionally, he offered to settle. “Look, let’s settle these cases,” he said. “I’ll pay the full balance on all the cases. But you must stipulate to keep all these matters confidential, and use only my office address for all correspondence.” I agreed, of course, representing the client. Brady promptly paid off all three cases, and we never sent anything else to his house. He’s just lucky that he didn’t get into that car accident by running into a fi re hydrant in front of his house — and that he never smoked cigars with Alice under his desk.

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