By: Aaron Swimmer, Esq.

Q: What’s the difference between a mosquito and a lawyer?
A: One is a blood-sucking parasite, the other is an insect.

Ha Ha Ha, very funny.

Society has hated lawyers since the dawn of time. Around the world lawyers get a lot of grief…just for being lawyers. Jokes are made and you know who usually rank at the bottom of the list, just above debt collector and used car salespeople.

Yet, when a will is needed, a business needs guidance, or an individual would like to avoid jail time, to whom do they flock? That’s right, to Lawyers! This is when the love/hate relationship temporarily tilts slightly from the hate side of the ledger. At least until the bill comes.

Lawyers step into their client’s shoes and assume responsibility for their clients possibly losing their entire life savings or going to jail, and this creates a situation where there is no room for error or mistakes. Because of this, lawyers are held to an extremely high standard. Anything short of perfection is viewed as a failure. Add the fact that lawyers are trained to spot issues and foresee everything that can go wrong. This requires the lawyer to view the world with suspicion and negativity. Yes, the lawyer actually gets paid to always see the negative in something. Walking through life with a truncheon in one hand and sabre in the other, eternally ready for battle, creates a human who is hyper-focused on winning. Sometimes, this ferocity even shows itself when lawyers are off the clock!

The good news is that the lawyer uses all this fuel to protect and defend clients’ rights, property and liberty; to the bloody end, with no holds barred! Nobody wants Mr. Nice Guy by their side when the going gets tough.

“The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a lawyer and I’m telling you we need love too, just like everyone else. So call your lawyer and let him know how you really feel.