12/24/2004: Thought for the Day:
Rich clients aren't like you and me.
One of the most striking legacies of my brief foray into the wonderful world of divorce law was the observation of this difference between wealthy clients and normal ones: The wealthy clients, particularly CEOs and business owners, tended to believe that the role of a divorce lawyer is to deliver precisely the legal outcome they desire, regardless of what the law itself demands. Whether it was an issue of custody, child-support payments, or Christmas visits, these clients would instruct us on precisely what they wanted and wait to have it implemented.
This is the "plumber" model of an attorney; they are expected to arrange the pipes to dump water where the client wants it.
--Dahlia Lithwick [slate.msn.com]
Extra Bonus Thought for the Day (along the same line, from the client's perspective):
I don't hire a lawyer to tell me what I can and can't do. I hire a lawyer to tell me how to do what I want to do.
--J. Paul Getty
Len on 12.24.04 @ 09:40 AM CST