Regularly we have people come in who made legal decisions for themselves based on what they heard at work, or at church, or sitting on a bar stool. It doesn’t seem to matter at all that the co-worker, minister or drinking buddy has never practiced law and in all likelihood lacks a license to do so. Usually things are a lot worse after following the layman’s advice.
The ultimate bar stool of course is the internet. Apparently because this medium is a source of reliable information some of the time the unreliable publisher gains the same credibility.
Even when credible, following up on the information can be dangerous. I am sure there are instructions on how to fly an airplane on the internet. Getting a plane, taking off and navigating to a safe landing is something else entirely.
Worse, I was seeing my doctor this week and I asked him how often people came to see him having first self diagnosed on the internet. “Daily” he said.
Tomorrow I see my dentist and I will ask him the same question. Can you imagine, “Do It Yourself Dentistry”? All I can recommend ( and this is not legal advice) is considerable time on the bar stool before attempting the same at home. Be sure to have the cab that brought you there wait because you are going to need to go to the ER after a few minutes.