I was covering creditors meetings for a friend and colleague in a part of the district I do not normally practice. I met some of the clients before the meetings but not all of them. I had reviewed the files and needed a couple minutes to introduce myself and cover any questions they had. So, I was hovering between the meeting room and hall looking for "my" clients.
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I decided to make another hallway sweep and then call my friend's office manager to find my missing clients. I exited the meeting room as it was filling up with clients and the senior attorney was still chatting up the trustee. As I entered the hallway, there was a woman standing there who had been there for some time now. I looked at her face and could tell she was starting to panic. She looked to be in her late 50's. I asked her, "can I help you, is your attorney here yet?" (I knew she wasn't my client because I asked her when she arrived earlier)
I stepped out again, let the woman know I had let her attorney know she was present and found my clients coming off the elevator. I took them into the attorney conference room, introduced myself, explained the process of the meeting, flipped through their filing with them, and finally asked if they were comfortable with me representing them; and if not offered to ask the trustee for a new date since their attorney was unavailable. They seemed more than happy with me.
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