Monday, February 23, 2009


     Long ago, Abraham Lincoln set forth the following advice for his fellow members of the legal profession:

     Discourage litigation.  Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.  Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser--in fees, expenses, and waste of time.  As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.

     Honest Abe's words are just as true today as they were then.  Any attorney who does not adhere to this maxim does a tremendous disservice to both his clients and the legal profession.  Undoubtedly, most lawyers know this advice to be true, and utilize it in practice, although there will always be a few who just don't get it.  

     In my years of legal practice, I have found that a willingness to compromise can often save people time, money and heartache.  It is the attorney's job to point this out, even though it may cost him or her a fee. 

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Blogger white rabbit said...

My clients unfortunately can't avoid litigation as they are n the dock...

But generally this is sound advice. Sometimes the law can be a blunt instrument and a device for wasting vast amounts of money as well as pouring petrol on the flames.

Lot of mixed metaphors there...

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