This time, the lawyer isn’t wrong.

Many readers enjoy the Was That Wrong? posts.  Alas, as a bluebird Wellness Wednesday dawns, I thought I’d share the story of a lawyer who was in position to do the wrong thing but didn’t.

The tale, worthy of a Seinfeld episode itself, comes via the Mercury News and ABA Journal. Last month, the IRS notified a lawyer that he’d made a mistake on his income tax return and sent him a “refund” check for $285,000.  It didn’t take long for the lawyer to realize that, in fact, he had not made a mistake and wasn’t owed anything.  Ever since, he’s tried to convince the IRS that they’re wrong.

They won’t let him!

Imagine if this had happened to a lawyer of the ilk of the prior stars of Was That Wrong?

  • Court: It’s come to our attention that the IRS sent you $285,000 that you knew wasn’t yours but that you kept anyway.
  • Lawyer: Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time.

Sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me if someday I post exactly that. This morning, though, may an amusing story provide an uptick in your well-being, however incremental or fleeting.

Oh, by the way: some of you might be aware that it’s the first day of Lent.  Today’s post aside, don’t worry, I’m not giving up the Was That Wrong? column.

That would be, well, wrong.


ps: this post is almost like I’m Bizarro Blogger.  That’s what made it so difficult.