As family law lawyers, we are used to emergencies - goes with the territory. Judges like to say that sorting out Christmas visitation is not an emergency, since it always comes at the same time every year.
Well, that doesn't stop clients. I got an email from a client on Friday that his ex-wife is disputing the contents of a custody order - admittedly, it wasn't well written [I wasn't in the case at the time] - I had drafted a revision to the order with some new agreements the parties reached in mediation, but the ex-wife won't sign. In so doing, I re-wrote the poorly drafted provision and no one complained about my language.
Well, now the ex- wants the agreement interpreted as she thinks her attorney should have written it. So, I call the attorney, and was passed off to her voice mail this morning, and it says that her office is closing at 5 p.m. today, the 22nd, and won't reopen until January 5th. In other words, they can't be reached to solve any problems.
Must be nice. The first I heard of this being done was 9 years ago when a friend closed for the week between Christmas and New Year's because he was completely re-decorating his office - carpet, wallpaper and paint, and it seemed a good thing to do since the place would be a mess anyway.
This seems to be becoming a practice for a lot of downtown attorneys, some of whom pay their staff hourly, rather than salaried, so they close when no one really wants to work anyway. I'm still here, however.