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Battling Spouses Call 911

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I really can't take this job much longer....(sigh) :blink:

I get a court ordered appraisal which are usually less hassle than most assignments. It usually indicates
that both parties are in general agreement and have at least agreed to accept the value estimate by the court ordered appraisal report.

I see from the assignment letter than one of the attorneys claims there is a dispute over so-called repairs which his client (the husband) feels is just cosmetic items.

I arrive at the property and the husband is sitting in his car at the curb waiting for me. The wife answers the door (normal so far). As we walk-in the husband immediately starts pointing out the upgrades, while the wife starts pointing out what's wrong with the subject.
Before I can gain control of the situation a fierce battle
starts...screaming, yelling, name calling, accusations, etc..etc. Suddenly 2 teenage daughters come flying down the staircase and join in on the attack upon their father :eek: . The whole thing is out of control at this point and I retreat from the scene, except they follow me outside and continue the battle in front of the house (it's located in a congested townhouse development)........The husband takes out his cell phone and calls 911 . Meanwhile, I'm getting into my car and leaving the scene before I have to be a witness at the murder trial, or at least spend the next hour being a witness when the cops show up :blink:

Think I should charge extra for the return trip ?
 

Tawfik Ahdab

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Feb 19, 2003
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Oregon
WHAT A STORY! That is amazing!

:eek:
 

Walter Kirk

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New Jersey
Of course you must charge for the return trip. You can also insist that the attorney who hired is at the house and that the owners are not. Don't worry about being demanding, after your experience the judge will probably agree with you.
 

Ross (CO)

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Jan 17, 2002
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Colorado
Any chance they were off Russian descent ? LOL.
 

TC

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Pennsylvania
Years ago I had a similar situation, was threatened with bodily harm, hey, this job is not worth that. So I left, came back 2 weeks later with a Sheriff to do the inspection. Better believed I charged more for combat pay.

TC
 
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Florida
Joe, you sure make my war stories seem petty!

Reschedule with a police escort or someone else of authority, stating that the feuding parties and their daughter, or any other relatives NOT be there. Charge extra!

:eyecrazy:
 

Steve Owen

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State
Missouri
Just one more reason why I generally avoid lawyers and divorce work. My hats off to those of you who make a career out of it.
 

Karl

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Arizona
Joe looks to me like a typical day for the area your in. OH the North East Tempers, Gee out here they don't give U the yelling warning they just shoot each other.
 

Restrain

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Florida
If you go back, DEFINITELY have the sheriff, constable, etc present. You might also insist that only the attorneys meet you and neither party be present.

Roger
 

Mountain Man

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Georgia
What a way to start the week. :eek: You did the correct thing, get the heck out of there. A hostile scene is not for me.
And I agree with others. Go back with back up, in an empty house. And let the Judge know that their little spat is going to cost them. :mrgreen:
 
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