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Mark,

        You forgot to mention the old adage that "Anyone who acts as his
own lawyer has a fool for a client."

Regards,

H. Daryl Richardson

Mark Gilligan wrote:

> Jason
>
> If you feel your real calling is to practice law get a
> law degree, otherwise I believe it is a
> misapplications of resources.  This is not to imply
> that legal awareness is not important.
>
> You can learn what you need to learn by reading a few
> law books and reading the literature provided by your
> E&O insurance carrier.  Your insurance agent can also
> be a good resource to help you review contracts.
>
> As an example insurance carriers tell us not to state
> that we will comply with all codes since in so doing
> you could increase your liability exposure.  Yet I
> recently found the following statement on an engineers
> web site: "We will produce quality drawings and
> construction documents at competitive costs, whilst
> meeting current design codes and practices."  You do
> not need a law degree if you make use of the resources
> that you have.
>
> The legal knowledge that you regularly need is a small
> subset of what a lawyer should know.  In addition if
> you continue to practice engineering you cannot spend
> enough time learning the law to be a competent lawyer.
>  Instead of trying, hire a specialist when you have a
> non-typical problem.
>
> The problem with lawyers is that they think like
> lawyers and all too many of them believe that all
> problems can be solved litigation and other legal
> techniques.  Consider the fact that in the early days
> of our country in some of the colonies it was illegal
> to practice law.  It is only recently that lawyers
> have become "respectable".
>
> In the event that I have a legal problem I want the
> meanest lawyer representing me.
>
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