I you provide professional services, you should add the words “quick question” to your e-mail configuration settings and send those messages straight to the spam folder. Case in point from today:
RE: Quick Question
my German husband and I have recently separated and will divorce. I’m British (inzwischen doppelte Staatsangehörigkeit ), we married in the UK in 1995 and have been living in Germany ever since.
If I’ve understood you rightly we could divorce under both German and British law, though German law would be more usual and might be less complicated. Is that correct?
We have three teenagers living with me. My husband earns 6x more than me. Would there be any radical advantages from my side to go with British law (apart from it being quicker – my husband is having an affair )?
Thanks for a short reply.
PS. I love Persians too and will make a donation to Freundeskreis Asyl for your reply.
So the lady could read enough about me to determine that I “love Persians” (which is not correct, as I love, if at all, individual people, but never nationalities or ethnicities), but was willfully ignoring my repeated warnings that I don’t give legal advice for free.
Hence my subtle reminder:
I appreciate your offer to donate to Freundeskreis Asyl, but I am not sure how I will benefit from that.
She either didn’t get it or was trying hard, but not without success, to be pesky as hell.
isn’t supporting something close to your heart a thoughtful way of saying thank you for pointing me in the right direction with my question?
No, it isn’t. Or as I expressed it, because I was cooking and watching a Western movie at the time:
That ain’t puttin’ no food into my stomach, Ma’am.
And then she really turned from wannabe-client to troll:
Isn’t warmth in your heart worth something too??!
It surprises me that people can read around my blog for legal advice, to find my e-mail address, my Skype ID and so on, but overlook the many examples of me publishing e-mails by people who didn’t manage to become my clients. That’s an important part of this blog. But maybe some people are subconsciously aiming for these five minutes of infamy instead of proper legal advice.
I think I understand why the husband left.