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As a member of the bar, it is unfortunate some of the fellow lawyers abuse their position by threatening non-lawyers who find a concept of litigation too intimidating. A family member was trying to rent out an apartment and received multiple offers. One of the prospective renters is now threatening to sue unless they get paid for a month worth of rent or they actually get the apt. No paper signed, but they tried to make it sound like they actually had a meritorious case using lawyer status.

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Report them to the bar. It’s unethical

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Call them out!

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I wouldn’t file a bar complaint. I would just tell the family member to tell the guy to file his suit then. It’ll never come. Or in the alternative you could write the lawyer yourself and tell them to file it. But before you do either of those things… make sure your family member didn’t leave out any details of the story first. It’s funny how clients forget to mention important things like the signed lease agreement.

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I agree with A1. Any lawyer who would even think this is going to get him or her anywhere is obviously a moron; I would lodge an ethics complaint.

I would have your non lawyer family member report them. Depending on your state some bar complaints are not anonymous, & you don’t want this unethical attorney lodging an unfounded complaint against you as revenge (even if it’ll get closed it’s still unpleasant to have to wait for the bar to investigate it).

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