BY HARRIETTE SCHWARTZ
We've all had the good, the bad and the ugly of legal dealings in life. While setting up some excel sheets with client leads for research I do for an attorney I began to think about a previous personal experience I had with one. Don't get me wrong, I love this guy I do work for..he gave me a job as an independent contractor back in 2006, and I still work for him today. I work from home and the extra money helps a great deal, being on a fixed income. However, I am not a fan of most attorneys as I've met up with some real, "ambulance chasers". I don't like generalizations and there are some good guys, like Mark who I do work for but unfortunately for the most part the ones I have had to deal with left a lot to be desired in both people skills and their degree of avarice. There was one in particular named Gerald Curry in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles who I truly wanted to kill. Apparently I was not alone in my feelings about Mr. Curry. You may have heard what happened to him...it was national news in 2003 (see link at the end of this story.)
The thing about Gerald Curry is, he deserved to be shot..well I think so. Curry was the lawyer that my late husband Jay hired to do his living trust, when he was dying of pancreatic cancer. In June of 1993, just after Jay died, I called Curry to ask some very basic questions. I truly had no choice. You see, I was the sole trustee with no prior experience at being one. I needed to ensure my daughter was taken care of as Jay had wanted. I had a few questions and concerns and it was a time of grief as well. I was stunned and angered to receive a bill from Mr. Curry for close to $1000! I reported him everywhere I could -- to the Better Business Bureau, the National and California Bar Associations--everywhere I could think of. It truly amazed me how those Bar associations did NOTHING...La Cage Aux Folles (translation: Birds of a Feather), I guess. I fought that bastard tooth and nail and so he did not get his full $1000. However, I was forced to pay him $250, this despite him NEVER advising me in advance that I was going to BE billed for the phone calls we had. People obviously do not forget this stuff, because if you Google Gerald Curry various reports of this story come up to this day. I think Curry got what he deserved and having dealt with him I can totally understand why William Striler shot him. Trust me, I wanted to shoot him myself!!