A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade.
In the world of email and text messages, this quote has become particularly near and dear to me. I can consume countless hours answering numerous “quick,” “small” or “little” questions sent to me by some of the nicest people I know — my clients. What they recieve in return is my thoughtful and considered advice; at times, more thoughtful than a response over the telephone because I am taking the time to commit it to writing and have the opportunity to review my response for clarity prior to hitting send. Regardless of the adjetive used to describe the question, the answer is frequently not quick, small or little. My adivce is that for which I get paid. Thank you Mr. President for reminding me of this.
Of course not all lawyers charge in this fashion. For an intereting perspective offered by a consumer bankruptcy lawyer, follow this link.