Mine Host asks an opinion of his litigation lawyer:
The result, for which Mine Host was billed circa $900, completely ignored one of the two connected circumstances for which advice was required.
Legal advice is like a 100 metre sprint. Stop halfway & you've got nothing.
Legal advice must be complete.
Mine Host is no ingenue around lawyers (their arrogant belief to the contrary notwithstanding.)
Due to hard & expensive experience, instructions by Mine Host to lawyers are:
- In writing.
- Bullet pointed.
Consequently, lawyers who crank up a dispute with Mine Host over the exact nature of their instructions, discover the dispute is quite brief indeed! (These fellers know all about the power of the written word! Nyeh nyeh nyeh!)
How did this particular lawyer handle Mine Host's ire at being billed for an advice that was not only incomplete, but had gone off on a tangent?
The junior who wrote it was a very young female who had been admitted as a solicitor for only a few months. She bristled up properly. (Most unwise, when one is a greenhorn)
The firm was a national firm. Heavy hitters. One of the nation's leading law firms.
Her written response, when asked why she had ignored half the client instructions:
"I decided that I did not have to adhere to your instructions"