Some people just want it for free

Ary Rosenbaum
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Ary Rosenbaum - The Rosenbaum Law Firm P.C.

I use Twitter for both business and pleasure. It’s a great way to promote all my businesses and I have developed friendships with quite a few people who are famous and many who are not.

Recently while interacting with a celebrity friend (no need to name drop), someone contacted me through Twitter and wanted free legal advice about things that had nothing to do with ERISA. I don’t go to my favorite pizza place and ask for a free slice, but when you are in the service business, people have no issue with asking for free advice.

In my practice, I always try to help plan providers out by helping them out and answering their questions and issues on the house. Very rarely, do people take advantage of it? I only know 2 that did that over an 11 year period where they wanted real actual legal work (printed product) and not pay for it. I always suggest that you should never do anything of substance for free, but developing a relationship by offering free advice and small help does go a long way. However, you need to separate those people that are worth developing and the schnorrers who want it all for free.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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