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I’m tired…

February 8, 2010
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Got a call late last night.  An attorney referred a friend of a friend to me.  Her son was just arrested for DUI on his way home from a Superbowl party.  It was interesting that the cop allowed the son to make several phone calls on his cell phone before taking him to jail.  The mother had me on the phone before the kid was even processed in.  I explained the deal to her and offered to meet her at the jail in the morning.

According to the website, bond court starts at 8am.  We get there on time only to find that it is 9am.  Which becomes 10:15am because the judge wasn’t there. All that waiting and then he gave the kid a PR bond.  Sigh.  Maybe I’m just donating to the karma bank on this one.

4 hours of sleep and I’m exhausted.  Time to take a mid-afternoon nap.



Busy yet not busy

October 22, 2009
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My attorney initiative has been paying off…sort of.  I have as many as 4 different potential clients that are all attorney referrals.  Except that for one reason or another, none of them have turned into cash business for me yet.  One case, the family doesn’t have $$$ for the fee.  In other cases, they are either pending and/or likely to get a PR bond.

I have one today where I’m driving to an adjoining county to be on hand in a Simple Assault charge.  I don’t see how the judge wouldn’t give her a PR bond since she is very low risk, but you never know.  So I’m going to go out there “on spec” and be available if the attorney and client need me.  I suppose it is as good of a use of my time as any right now.

I’ve greatly curtailed the PAYTEL calls, which will have a decent effect on my bottom line if I can develop this non-PAYTEL related business into $$$.  I also realized that though the busiest time of year is coming up AND I will have a baby, I still need to carve out some time in December to analyze my projected budget vs. actual and create a new budget for 2010. Fun times.

Meanwhile, I’ve been fighting with Quickbooks 2010 and I think I’ve got it 90-95% setup the way my accountant wants.  I’ll need him to advise me on a few things, but hopefully that won’t be too expensive.

I’m also going to be setup for credit cards by the end of next week!


Still quiet

October 4, 2009
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I’ve had a birthday and an anniversary is coming up, but otherwise, there isn’t much to talk about.  I’ve started reaching out to criminal attorneys about getting referrals, but I’m getting a cold response.

I’ve had a couple of bites for people who want out of jail, but they can’t afford the fee.  They don’t have anyone that will pay for them.  Tough times.

I have no more accounts receivable at the moment.  I collected the remainder of my last bond fee.  I went to a really sad looking trailer park to do it.  Then I had to take the client to the bank to cash a check to ensure my payment.  All in a day’s work.


Ronnie’s story

September 20, 2009
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This afternoon I was out at the park with friends.  We were having a good time and planning on going to get lunch when I received a call from Ronnie at the detention center.  Now, I’m not at PC and have no way of verifying his story, but he says he was picked up for DUI and it is his first offense.  He is in his 40’s and owns his own home, worked for the same company for over 20 years, and needs help with his $997 bond.  I told him that if his story checks out, I would let him out for $100.  I was able to verify his story when someone at home looked him up on the computer for me.  I connected him with a friend who was able to run to the bank and pick up the fee for me and then the friend met me in the park where I took the fee and gave him a receipt.  I skipped lunch and went home to get cleaned up and then on to the jail.  Approximately 2 hrs later, Ronnie was a free man again and very grateful.  He had spent about 12 hours in jail, but never moved past the intake part.  Unfortunately, his car was in impound and it was too late to pick it up.  I gave him a ride home and called it a day.

It was truly a win-win situation and I’m happy to have posted my first bond. After the BUF fund contribution and Insurance commission are taken out of the amount, I get to keep around $80.  When I got home, I logged into my PAY-TEL account and saw that the balance was $99. I’m still in the negatives, but I have great feelings about this week!


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