And especially this time of year. Laurie was informed her last day would be 12/23. Not sure how that affects anything since Wendi has stated she cannot afford to pay her anyway.
What a crock of BS.
With Wendi, if is ALL about money.
She drives around in a $100,000 plus Audi, but never repaid her student loans. (Something she has boasted about to me on occasion).
Laurie was working from home getting out bills for Wendi as best she could. Wendi had agreed to limp through the remainder of this year and examine where things stood come Jan.
She had placed an ad for a paralegal but got only one response. Out of the blue, she did get a response this week and jumped on it without truly understanding Laurie's current condition, which is improving.
This is not about the fact Wendi must maintain her practice at all. We really understand that and both of us where doing what we could, given the circumstances. This is about the way in which the news was delivered. Wendi has always given laurie a nice Christmas bonus but she flew off to Chicago earlier this week without a peep.
You all know Laurie and I were in a personal injury claim from our rear end accident 2 years ago.
Wendi has a referral arrangement with a local PI attorney we utilized. Her referral fee is/was 25% of the attorney fee. The attorney fee was $178,000 for both laurie and I combined. (Do the math). For those who cannot divide that is roughly $44,000 she received for a phone call. Her referral fee was MORE than my fees for surgery combined. Talk about a warped system.
She told me directly yesterday she just cannot afford to pay Laurie any of her remaining vacation time, sick leave, Christmas bonus or anything for her working at home for the past two weeks.
I became rather upset at that statement and said very emphatically..."Wendi you received over $40,000 for Laurie and I's PI case this year."
I cannot recall being so disappointed in a single person than I do with Wendi.
It is important I state this is Jim speaking and not necessarily the opinion of Laurie. (You've seen those statements, right ?)
We will find a silver lining with this somewhere as we both refuse to crumble.