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George Lagos, Kelley Kronenberg, West Palm Beach (Photo: Courtesy Photo) George Lagos, Kelley Kronenberg, West Palm Beach (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Having practiced in a courtroom for 12 years, I sometimes catch myself thinking that I have seen it all. I have had opposing counsel write a notice of appeal of a misdemeanor conviction in pencil and on printer paper. I have even gone halfway through a highly contested trial only to find out that the court reporter was high on pills. Such situations are unexpected, but they have a unifying, underlying thread: our adversarial system is such that your opponent is supposed to push back against you. Many lawyers would be surprised to learn that the realm of Florida foreclosure defense includes situations where attorneys hold themselves out on websites and in advertisements as “consumer advocates” that protect their clients’ homes, only to have an extra money-making scheme in the backdrop of their practice. This unspoken revenue stream strains the ethics of most lawyers, but there have been, and still exist, some attorneys that continue to tap into this practice known as equity skimming.

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