By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.
New Jersey Business and Personal Law Attorney
Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont
President Abraham Lincoln, himself a lawyer, is reported to have said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client”.
The pitfalls of such a folly far outweigh the ill-conceived idea of saving a few dollars and may, in reality, cost the "fool" more money in the long run.
With a mind clouded and blinkered by emotions and preconceptions, humans tend to skew their logic when dealing with their money . And a courtroom is precisely where a clear, logical mind is called for, no less so than in a mathematics examination.
The tendency is to oversimplify the situation and venture a band-aid solution, regarding the dilemma as little more than attempting car repairs or buying an over the counter cold remedy before taking the problem to a professional. The problem is, in the majority of cases, there is no "do-over" once the gavel has struck.
The fool may very well think "the law is an ass", as stated by Charles Dickens' Mr. Bumble; but it is also complex, mercurial, tricky and should not be attempted by someone without the necessary education, skills and experience. It is this complexity that dictates one should not only retain counsel in all legal matters but often seek out a specialist. Lawyers, like doctors, have their own specialties. For example, a criminal lawyer may be ill-equipped to deal with a financial dispute.
Perhaps it is felt the matter is so trivial as to not require representation, the prudent course of action is to, at a minimum, consult with a lawyer to get an opinion. Money well spent for a little peace of mind and protection. This can be thought of as comparable to a doctor's visit when something is amiss and is found to be "nothing".
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