“We got divorced and the lawyers got all the money.” “Dad died and the lawyers got everything”.
How many times have you heard that? Why is that?
People do stuff that is based on assumption, folk law, movie law, hearsay, and maybe a little bit of knowledge that is a dangerous thing. Act first, then see the lawyer.
And so it is they find themselves here, in the office, for more than a visit.
There are certain phrases I have learned to read as a sure sign there is going to be a problem that lasts months. My favorite:
This will just take a minute.
No it wont. And it isn’t the lawyers fault. It’s just the way law is; complex, and not well represented in easily accessible media, the pulpit or on bar stools where most people go first for legal advice.
Personally I turn to the music of Jimmy Buffett for respite from the stress of having to tell people the truth about where they are, breaking into song on the way home:
Wastin away in Litigationville
Looking for my lost statute of laws
Some people say that there’s a lawyer to blame
But I know
It could be my fault