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A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.
In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.'

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON! (Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer
held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them
against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss
of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART...

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and
testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was
sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine. .

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https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cigarson/

Makes for a good story though
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Hell; up here they'd have fined him for burning without a permit, and seized his remaining stock of cigars!
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we could only hope...
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A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.
In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.'

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON! (Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer
held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them
against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss
of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART...

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and
testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was
sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine. .
I am currently building a sewing machine cabinet for Sandra, my fault, since I bought her a sewing machine for Christmas this last year.
But, I digress.
Further more, since I am waiting for Varnish to dry, I looked up this story about the lawyer suing for the loss of his cigars.
I get several references to this story and they all say it is a Hoax, a fraud, or an urban legend.
Just thought I would share.

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Several years ago, a guy tried to burn his garage and new car to collect the insurance. He was behind in payments. Well....he burned the garage, car and house to the ground. They proved arson and he lost everything plus went to jail for a long time.

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The only reason lawyers exist is to (supposedly) protect us from other members of their profession.
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This is one of those untrue stories that reveals how much people distrust and dislike lawyers. Our client agreement is very simple and has zero legalese. We used to have a more complex one with legal terms, but found potential clients were reluctant to sign it. Our present friendly agreement has never been violated. I think that's because the terms are far more protective of the client than us. If it ever gets challenged, the judge will decide what it means, not a lawyer. In the end, it's all about reputation, and that's about how you treat the client or customer.
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This is one of those untrue stories that reveals how much people distrust and dislike lawyers. Our client agreement is very simple and has zero legalese. We used to have a more complex one with legal terms, but found potential clients were reluctant to sign it. Our present friendly agreement has never been violated. I think that's because the terms are far more protective of the client than us. If it ever gets challenged, the judge will decide what it means, not a lawyer. In the end, it's all about reputation, and that's about how you treat the client or customer.
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