"This is why you owe me money."
Jack Snarkey, the oiliest of lawyers, explains it one more time to his hapless junior partner, R. Andrew "Andy" Putts, III, Esq. Their two-man law firm's Operating Agreement sounds fair, but no matter which way you turn through its maze of subsections and subparagraphs and incorporations by reference, one thing never changes: at the end of the month, Putts ends up with the short end of the financial stick.
This month, Putts has only one chance to bring home the bacon - the big fee he and Snarkey expect for handling the Menninger arbitration case. Their clients, two old-biddy spinster sisters, May and June Menninger, are fighting with their even older spinster sister, April, over their late father's substantial estate. If only Putts can get the arbitrator, the sympathetic but slow-as-molasses Judge Arnold S. Levine (ret.), to issue his long-delayed arbitration decision, maybe he can made some money.
But the old judge dies and leaves no decision - zip! nada! He never wrote one word.
They've got to do the whole arbitration over again. It'll take more than a year. The clients are furious, impatient. Snarkey has no intention of doing twice the work for the same, single fee. Putts is broke and desperate.
Then Snarkey gets an idea - hold a seance! All three of the Menninger sisters believe in the spirit world. All three believe you can communicate with the spirits of the dead. All he has to do is convince April's legal counsel to go along with the scam and - voila! - all the lawyers collect their fees and put this pain-in-the-neck case to bed.
All Snarkey needs is a fall guy, someone to play the part of the medium, someone fair, likeable, trustworthy...
Who else but that built-in, made-to-order, pasty-faced patsy, Putts!!!
So their scheme begins. But Snarkey's phony "arbitration" session gets out of hand. Putts turns out to possess unsuspected talents. All hell breaks loose - literally!
Can Putts contain the restless spirits? Can Snarkey collect their fee? Can you stop laughing?
You can only find out if you're there at ground zero, at the birth of a new legal specialty. Come along on the first of the riotous, rollicking, sidesplitting adventures of Snarkey & Putts Paranormal Attorneys-At-Law. Download The Case of the Undead Arbitratory now!
About the Author
Joe Eliseon is an attorney and the author of The Seamless Web: A Legal Comedy, D.P.W.: A Devilish Political Fantasy, The Snarkey & Putts Paranormal Attorneys-At-Law series of comedy thrillers, several collections of short stories, including Five Minutes More And Other Stories and other assorted odds and ends. After many years of legal practice, Joe felt he had met enough strange characters. He turned to writing, in the hope that they would leave him alone. But they didn't. They've followed him into fiction, demanding that he write about them. He does. It helps keep them at bay. Readers think they are the product of his wild imagination. Joe knows better.