Got a plumbing problem? Should You Ask a Ventriloquist for Advice?
Anyone who has ever had a plumbing emergency at their home or office knows the value rendered by an experienced plumber. Like the calvary of old, good plumbers sweep in and come to the rescue during an hour of need. Experienced plumbers are paid handsomely and deservedly so. Hence the wise person seeks the advice and skill of a plumber when their pipes are overflowing rather than seeking counsel from someone who has never held a pipe wrench in their hands.
Logic suggest that people would follow a similar path when faced with a serious legal need. Many responsible people do seek the advice of an attorney on legal matters. However, there are far too many people who seem to seek the advice of anyone and everyone except an attorney when it comes to the law. In the words of Mr. Spock “that is illogical”. Most in such situations are being penny wise and pound foolish in this regard. Indeed, it is not only those of limited resources that tend to eschew obtaining legal advice from a lawyer. Oftentimes those unwilling to pay modest sums for advice regarding matters involving major sums are misers with a considerable net worth.
Any lawyer with substantial experience will be able to relay countless examples of misers who lost tons of money due to their parsimonious ways when it comes to legal advice. By the time they finally come to the realization that they should relinquish their tight hold on their wallet it oftentimes too late. This is particularly true in contractual matters. A typical scenario is as follows:
“Mister Jones, I wish you had come to us before you signed this contract. With a few minor changes you could have avoided this problem. But as it stands now there is very little you can do about it. You now have a $100,000 obligation. But congratulations, you saved on paying two hours of billable legal time that could have entirely avoided this mistake”.
If you have a plumbing problem, call a plumber. If you have a medical problem see a doctor. If you have a legal need don’t call a ventriloquist for advice unless you want to wind up being a companion on their knee.
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