Partner who is notorious for asking for work he doesn’t need and never uses (but always criticizes) asked me for something about a week ago, and has not followed up on it. It’s about 80% done but it’s incredibly tedious. Not sure if I should try to finish and take the risk that it’s a waste of time that he nitpicks to death or just let it slide in the hope that he forgot about it

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If there is even 0.0001% chance he suddenly comes back and asks you (which I think there always are), and you tell him you didn’t finish it, it is gonna be far worse than doing a tedious work. I would just do it than risking it.

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How are your hours? Could be a good way to fill in some billables near the end of the year if you need it.

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Option 2 could be the death of your relationship with that partner. Partners should not have to follow up to get completed work product. Great way to really tank your reputation at the firm.

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Just do it and bill ++++

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