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Hard earned victory 2/50/21

A litigation and dispute resolution lawyer’s clients often prefer to avoid arguing with the authorities in the hope of building a relationship or performing an obligation, even one that has no basis in law. From a strategy perspective it is sometimes useful to concede a small point in order to secure a bigger gain, such as time or progress. And unreasonably complaining right and left is not considered good style. However, you should not be afraid to speak up where this is necessary and to engage in a meaningful discussion with the authorities when it makes sense. The government is not a small child who will take offence and seek revenge at the first opportunity. Below is a story of successful communication with two fairly bureaucratic government agencies: the State Revenue Service and the Citizenship and Migration Office.

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