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Comment Re:All lawyers are evil..and all geeks have Asperg (Score 1) 246

...You go to a lawyer when you want to buy a house, and 3 years later find out the previous owners lied and the foundation was rotten. You go to a lawyer when you want to start a company and want to make sure that one person doesn't go off and bring it all down by their own mistakes. You go to a lawyer when the system has run you over and you don't know how to stand up for yourself...

Everything you listed are things people really need lawyers for. Does the young couple with no children and no assets in an uncontested divorce need lawyers? No, they need a form and a service that files that form with the court. Does someone who just wants to leave everything he has to his son need a lawyer? No, a will form in a standard format for his state is all he needs. The majority of health problems are things like a twisted ankle or the sniffles. You don't need a doctor to tell you to take it easy for a couple of days and take some asprin. Most regular people don't have anything complicated that a para-legal or some pre-formatted forms couldn't handle for them.

Comment Re:Occupational Licensure - Incumbent Wage Protect (Score 1) 246

What is the definition of qualified person? Your assertion would be true if anybody could take the test and be certified if they were competent. electricians generally must spend 4 or more years as a union apprentice before being allowed to take the test. Same thing with plumbers. Lawyers must have completed an accredited law degree before they can even take the bar. Ohh, and they have to join and pay dues to the bar. In case your not noticing the pattern, you must pay a lot of money to the guilds(bar, unions, etc..) before you're even allowed to attempt to show your competence. I'm not a certified electrician , but I've had to spend a lot of time doing electrical work in my house because multiple "competent" "quality controlled" certified electricians did shoddy work for the previous owners of the house. I'm just glad I live in a union unfriendly state so it only takes an BS in Electrical Engineering to get around the unions.

Comment Re:Legal Templates (Score 1) 246

...Your mistakes are their mistakes. If you screw up, they may lose money, they may lose custody of their children, control of their business, their freedom, their life. Although your mistakes are your client's mistakes as well, if you screw up, they can come after you...legal advice is cheaper, but also that legal advice is of a poorer quality and less useful. It also means that unqualified people will be dispensing legal advice with real, detrimental, consequences to the lives of people that cannot afford quality legal advice....

And how does that malpractice against a lawyer work exactly? How rich does someone have to be to absorb your fees, the lost lawsuit, then float the losses and second lawyers costs for years through appeals? Why can't the cheaper "lower quality" provider be sued for incompetence just the same as you?

The implication of your argument is that those that can't afford quality legal advice should have no legal advice. WebMD and/or Google is good for the vast majority of cases. LegalZoom type services are also good for the vast majority of everyday cases. You need to see a doctor/lawyer if you have something that is complicated or uncommon. For those that can't afford the doctor/lawyer, how does removing the legalzoom/WebMD/Google options make them better off?

Comment Re:So much for a fair trial. (Score 1) 1855

Just because you have extended a courtesy once does not mean you must extend it to all. The Nazis did not produce and seek publicity of their atrocities and worst actions. The Nuremberg trials were done to ensure that those actions were well documented and widely known and a public trail was an excellent way to accomplish both. OBLs actions were already widely known and well documented. If you really want to get all legal about it, under what authority did the US try the Nazis? At what time did the Nazis commit crimes that were within the jurisdiction of a US court? The only authority behind those trials was the right of the victor over the vanquished.

Comment Re:So much for a fair trial. (Score 2, Insightful) 1855

The presumption of innocence and a trial only apply to US citizens and people within the borders of the US. If Osama had been hiding in Michigan then he would have been arrested. Non-US persons outside the US do not fall under the Constitution and do fall under the category of "military targets". Unless of course you think we should have arrested and tried all those German boys on top of Pointe-du-Hoc.

Comment Re:So what if... (Score 1) 532

At the school I go to, extra engineering costs are billed based on the course instead of your major. Everybody pays the same tuition for english classes, and everybody pays the same extra fees/credit hour if they take an engineering course. I expect this method to become dominant, otherwise there will be large numbers of "English" majors taking senior engineering courses.

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