Why do Lawyers Exist? (Ronnie Rice)

So, if you are reading this, you either wanting to be a lawyer or in need of one (whether you know it or not). In either case, I am here to provide some insight. By the way, I am here and unbiased.

Yes, I am a lawyer, but I am not writing this because I want you to hire me or I want you to attend law school. I am writing this because I do not think people understand the complexities regarding being a lawyer. Essentially, lawyers exist to make the life easier and less complex.

I often meet two types of people: People who love lawyers and those who hate them. The ones who love lawyers are the one who use them a lot. The ones who hate them, think they are the smartest people on planet Earth. That was a joke for you guys who troll.

It does not matter what side of the fence you are on, if you are in court, received a legal letter, or just going through a civil dispute, it is best to consult a lawyer. Most lawyers provide free consultations. If they don’t, just Google a lawyer in your area. I’m pretty sure you’ll find one.

But, essentially, lawyers exist because in earlier times, when you had a dispute between two people there was no civilized way to handle it. (I am paraphrasing). It was the strongest, most devious person who won. And when I mean winning, it was by death or shier having more money than the other person. Thus kicking that person out. So there had to be some type of law and order in place to prevent random people being the judge, jury, and executioner.

I know this sounds simple, but if we literally didn’t have simple laws in place, e.g., search and seizure, etc. We can have law enforcement just showing up at your doorstep and going through your home without any warrant. And trust me, you don’t want them do that at all.

Plus, the amount of energy, focus, schooling, and testing a lawyer has to endure almost ensures that not just anyone can become one. I know plenty of people who have graduated undergraduate school, sat for the LSAT (legal exam), graduated law school, and have not passed the bar exam. Sounds harsh, but there needs to be laws in place to ensure that folks who haven’t displayed a certain level of competency in the area of law to become an attorney. You can thank your local state bar for this. Trust me, you want this to be in place.

So the next time you think that having a lawyer on hand is not helpful or you are wondering if her billable hours is too much, just think of the pain she had to endure to get to get you out of jail or handle your divorce in a civil manner.


Thank your personal lawyer (whether it’s family member, friend, or just an associate)! He or she had to endure some trials and tribulations to get where thy are now.

~ Attorney Ronnie O’Brien Rice, Ph.D.

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