Most will answer that, given the choice, they would rather see neither ever again !
There are a lot of similarities between lawyers and dentists, including :-
- both are dreaded
- both are seen as painful, without obvious benefits and expensive
The similarities do go a little deeper though – your dentist will nag you about the importance of regular check ups. Whilst not enough lawyers adopt the same approach, there are sound reasons why you should have regular legal check ups – circumstances change, the law changes, and simply getting, for example, your will done or a contract for your business, and putting it in a drawer or your terms and conditions on the back of your sales order creates dangers and the equivalent of legal decay.
Your dentist or hygienist will remind you of the importance of brushing and flossing correctly, to take responsibility for your own health. The same principle applies in many areas of law.
Let’s say you’ve started a business and instructed a lawyer to draft your terms and conditions of business. Great, you’re protected, job done. Or perhaps not. What happens when a customer challenges you on why you need a certain exclusion clause in your contract ? If you don’t understand why it’s there, how important it is and whether you should concede the point, it might be embarassing and cause you problems. What happens if your staff don’t realise that they can very easily, innocently and inadvertently alter your terms and conditions, by an email exchange with the other party or by conduct ? The result could be worse than having a legal filling, you might need the equivalent of root canal treatment or even an extraction !
You no doubt get the point – on a final note, now that it’s possible to create an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) maybe someone will create a combined legal and dental practice – at least that way you can get all the pain out of the way in 1 visit !
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