You might think I am stupid because I give heaps of legal advice for free in my FAQ. I could earn millions instead by charging for this service. But I am a nice guy and it warms my heart when I can help people in need.
But I get really cranky in three cases: (1) when people try to take advantage of it by asking question after question after question; (2) when people think they are entitled to my advice; and (3) when people ask questions which they could have found the answers to in my previously published FAQ. Do a bit of reading around my blog before bothering me, please.
This lady for example has been asking questions for several months now. I answered one or two. But she always manages to make her life more dramatic and come up with new questions:
Dear Andreas i am Pregnant with a German man WHO is married to an Afghani Lady and has two Kids. His wife had put a Case of Strangulation and Attempt to murder Against him Since october Last Year. He has two daughters and when his wife and Kids were taken away from him and were Sent to Foster Parents he got both his wife and Kids back in complusion, through he döes not Wants to live with his wife but is with me for so Long, although he is staying with his wife and Kids under The Same roof for The Sake of Kids and i being a flight attendant from india Based in india just fly on Duty to Frankfurt and back and so Meet him there… He has also got me pregannat with his Child, i have a Indian Passport and i can not Marry him and come easily to Germany. I Heard his Child is German and has all The rights over him, how can i Stay in Germany äs i have a Schenegan Visa only. Although he is searching for a House for us but he told me that unless his Criminal Case is over he can not file for a divorce from his wife äs his wife döes not speak even a Single word of German and has not Tried to integrate Herself in The German Community nor Tries to learn Anything äs only Copying and Taking care of her daughters at Home is what she has Been Doing for The past 8 years. My boyfriend is working for The Last 13 years and is Self Sufficient but is not Earning that much that he can take care of me and our Child, i dont know Good German but i am Learning and have cleared The Test Till B1 Level, Hope there is some possibility for me to learn and make my Family in Germany. I really love him and do not Want to Leave him at this Stage, pls suggest how to move about with my paper work of staying back in Germany and living with him on behalf of my Child WHO is The only link we have although we are not married yet. Thanx a lot in advance.
I pointed out that there are a lot of questions and issues involved (and a whole lot of legal misconceptions to be rectified) and offered a full consultation for my standard fee of 200 EUR. That was something which this prospective client didn’t like at all. She told me that she refuses to pay and asked to suggest a cheaper lawyer instead.
That’s brazen. Not willing to pay me for my services, but asking me to go around looking for other lawyers. I could have pointed her to my guidelines on how to find a good lawyer, but I decided to dispense some free advice after all:
Free (and quick) advice may not be the best advice, but you get what you ask for.
I am afraid that I would not even have the patience to go really through this letter. I hope you are not pulling your readers legs!
I also could only skim-read it. I receive stuff like this almost every day.
I’m assuming then, that there were no offers forthcoming from this lady of assisting with your booklist either?
This gives credence to the old saying, “Give them a hand and they want the whole arm!”
Exactly! It would be so easy for someone to order a book from my wishlist, and there are plenty of books on it that don’t cost more than a few Euros/dollars. If someone can fly around the world to have kids and spend hours e-mailing lawyers, but they can’t order a book from Amazon or so, then they have really lost all my sympathy.
In this situation, her name really says all: Rich aka Poor
Honestly, that wasn’t a very nice advice to give. But it was free.
And my (also free) advice for Richa would be to stay away from a guy who tried to murder his wife, and still doesn’t even want to leave her “for the sake of the kids”.
The good thing is that both our recommendations are not mutually exclusive. Alternatively, one could leave the child with the guy for a post-natal abortion.
At the risk of appearing rather crass, is it not possible that she believes the as-yet unborn child, is her ticket out of India? And straight into Germany….
And she would be right about that once the child would be born (§ 28 I AufenthG), and that’s even more of a reason not to be too stingy when it comes to talking to a lawyer who can explain all of this.
I went through a very long soul destroying divorce in germany however I am a stronger wiser hermit for the experience because of communication problems and ill health i never recieved any final divorce papers or any financial settlement as far as i am aware my ex husband was awarded everything apart from part of his pension even all my belongings and posessions from before we were married I have tried in the past to contact the anwalt who dealt with my case but my communications seem to get lost I have no intentions to get married again but i would like the documentation for closure I would be very grateful if you could help me obtain these documents without fuss. with best regards
You can contact the court directly and ask for a copy of the divorce decree.
Of course I could help, but I feel that my standard fee of 400 EUR would be a bit too much for that.
Best. Advice. Ever.
I would not take her a client just because of her rampant abuse of capitalization!
You are right, that’s a good indicator for people with a loose screw.
Haaaahahahaha. You are terrible!
But I give good advice. :-)