You’ll Hear From My Lawyer!

Well Yah! Why wouldn’t we. If we apply the axiom; “Build it and they will come”, we can say if you graduate enough lawyers, their “world” will find a way for them to be absolutely necessary to define,divide,detain,and distribute stuff.

Recent accounts show ratios of attorneys to populations as follows;
United States 1/265 persons
Canada !/450 persons
France 1/1400 persons
Japan 1/4500 persons
Singapore 3,000/ 5.8 Million people
Washington D.C. 1/12 persons. What a surprise!
And, amazingly (God’s chosen, Israel) 585/ per 10K.

Government and our legal system have leveled upon us such bureaucracy and oppressive regulation, protracted time tables, and obscure revisionism of good laws, so that things could hardly be settled out of court – even uncontested issues. We have a mindset of contentiousness in our culture.

It is not clear why some cultures have a better handle on this problem, but it is apparent that some do. If we build a legal industry, people can be forced to use “the system”, rather than deal as brothers and sisters to their mutual satisfaction: The more that resources are protected by agreement without litigation.

I went to Law School, received a B.S. and beyond and I quit before securing an LLB. I have searched for reasons beyond economic ( I was married and running out of money). I find my distaste for the whole process was born out of the contentious nature of it all, and the lack of interest in human compromise.

Could it be possible to go back to the words of Paul in Corinthians where he observes; ” If then you have such cases of everyday life to decide, why do you appoint (as judges to lay them before) those who (from the standpoint) of the church count for least and are without standing?” Or, “Why, the very fact of your having lawsuits with one another at all is a defect ( a defeat, an evidence of moral loss for you), Why not rather suffer wrong and be deprived of what is your due? Why not better be cheated?”.

Certainly this is a turn the other cheek stance, but it suggests that we seek other mediators, such as God and His witnesses in the matter. Certainly others in the faith can give wise counsel if all will listen. There are many efforts being made now to make it easier for us to prepare “legal” documents and agreements by and for ourselves.

I believe it is lack of judgement or intense emotionalism that brings us to bring disagreements to a fight. Someone said when you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. While a legal mind is always there to hand you a shovel, we need to climb out before we are buried in dirt.


About 4hispraise

I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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4 Responses to You’ll Hear From My Lawyer!

  1. granbee says:

    Also, 4hispraise, you know that we are taught in the epistles to “take not your differences before the courts of men, but settle them privately amonst yourselves.” My family elders were strictly against any type of lawsuits whatsoever. I really like the places in the U.S. where arbitration services are required prior to filing lawsuits!

  2. Steven Sawyer says:

    Great post. I won’t share any lawyer jokes. You are absolutely right! And I love your thought: I believe it is lack of jugement or intense emotionalism that brings us to bring disagreements to a fight. Some one said when you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. While a legal mind is always there to hand you a shovel, we need to climb out before we are buried in dirt. Thank you for sharing.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Praying that the fact that new graduates in law are highest paid among all other professional graduates today, does not augur for the future a sue happy society in Singapore. We need balance in protection and compassion from words that will not haunt us mercilessly to bankruptcy for family homes, business, even in charities and social enterprises as new imports of legal expertise, professionals and citizens increase.

    Let us most importantly preempt any family infighting (the joy of some lawyers) by having simple and fair wills and do neccesary paperwork before death do us part.

  4. writinggomer says:

    It is unfortunate that this country (USA) is so sue happy. Actually it is positively sickening. To my mind, anything that can be handled outside of court is better.

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