Friday, 6 July 2018

QotD: "The trouble with the legal profession is that 98% of its members give the rest a bad name."

There is truly much to said for lawyers, and many who've said it well ....
I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.-- John Adams, in the play "1776" 
It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour.-- Thomas Jefferson
"Lawyers Are": Those who use the law as shoemakers use leather; rubbing it, pressing it, and stretching it with their teeth, all to the end of making it fit their purposes.
-- Louis XII 
A lawyer is someone who lies for a living. 
The judicial process is like a cow. The public is impaled on its horns, the government has it by the tail, and all the while the lawyers are milking it.

He who has said that 'talk is cheap', has never hired a lawyer.

I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.
-- Will Rogers

LAWYER: A professional advocate hired to bend the law on behalf of a paying client; for this reason considered the most suitable background for entry into politics.
-- The Cynic's Dictionary

He saw a lawyer killing a viper on a dunghill hard by his own stable; And the Devil smiled, for it put him in mind of Cain and his brother Abel.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Diogenes went to look for an honest lawyer. "How's it going?" someone asked. "Not too bad," answered Diogenes. "I still have my lantern."
Between grand theft and a legal fee, there only stands a law degree.
As your attorney, it is my duty to inform you that it is not important that you understand what I'm doing or why you're paying me so much money. What's important is that you continue to do so.
-- Hunter S. Thompson's Samoan Attorney

It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.
Spanish Proverb

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
-- Benjamin Franklin.

Where there is a rift in the lute, the business of the lawyer is to widen the rift and gather the loot.
-- Arthur G. Hays

“All the extravagance and incompetence of ... Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every judge is a lawyer. So are most politicians. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we’d be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.”
—H.L. Mencken
[Hat tip James Fuqua]

1 comment:

  1. I had a tiny problem a few years ago, in that I ran out of money.
    So my Thai wife left me, and a few months later, after she was well gone re- entered the house to burgle Trust documents as evidence for a Matrimonial claim.
    She gave me in writing the advice that her lawyer in Christchurch had advised this burglary.
    The home in title deed and Trust belongs to my daughter and her Mother.
    The same legal firm who arranged the burglary and the matrimonial claim, represent the daughter and her Mother in another trust.

    The Law Society told me both the burglary and legal representation of the Mother and daughter did not mean that it was unethical for the same law firm to advise my ex wife on the burglary and represent a case against my daughter to take her house.
    Reasons >> I did not have proof of criminal action, and it is OK for specialist lawyers to represent a client while acting against that same client in another case NZ Law Society. What's more corrupt than a lawyer? >>> A society of Lawyers. . for detail.


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