Service of Paying for the Company You Keep: Are Your Clients Worth It?

March 21st, 2019

Categories: Greed, Lawsuit, Lawyers, Wealthy

Life is expensive and most student debt sinfully high so it’s important to select a career that if not lucrative, will pay the bills. That said, setting yourself up for a miserable existence because of the client company you keep seems an awfully high price to pay.

“If I was mentoring a young lawyer, I’d direct him to the trust and estate litigation practice.” Reporter Paul Sullivan was quoting Jeffrey P. Geida in his New York Times article “The Wealthy Family Squabble.” Geida heads the tax and estate planning department at LA law firm Weinstock Mansion.

Sullivan’s article describes law suits between multi millionaire relatives slamming one another over money. In one example, Belinda Neumann-Donnelly blamed her father for causing a picture to sell at auction for only $30.7 million when she thought it should have brought much more. She sued dad.

Can you imagine spending your life around these people and having to feign sympathy for their complaints?

I knew a family in which a son sued his once well-to-do father–who had lost all his money and could barely pay the rent–because he felt his father owed him the tuition for graduate school. What happened to the son trying to help his father?

Do you think who your customers and clients are will impact the quality of your work life? Are there industries you would avoid for that reason? Is any amount of compensation worth dealing with people you consider, in general, unsavory?

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3 Responses to “Service of Paying for the Company You Keep: Are Your Clients Worth It?”

  1. David Reich Said:

    One of the best things about being your own boss is being able to say no when you don’t feel right about a potential client or its products or services. Over the years, much as the money would be nice, I’ve said ‘no thanks’ to companies selling money-making schemes, breast enhancing creams, and tobacco products.

    In the end, reputation and self-esteem outweight money.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    That is a benefit of owning your business. You can also resign an account if a client is abusive. Some feel that the sky’s the limit if they pay you for services. I’ve been fortunate in that most of my clients have been super and many still friends.

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    As a member of the great unwashed, I have no money with which to harass family members, and would have more productive plans for the funds were I so endowed. As to clients, it would seem that one goes into business to offer products/services, and not to criticize those who come to buy. If one finds it difficult to accommodate the variations of character which show up, perhaps one is in the wrong field.

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