The Benefit of Going to Law and the lawyer’s fee

oysterdisputePoor Richard’s wisdom on The Benefit of Going to Law was cited recently by Peggy Britt at The Ipsa Group. (The Ipsa Group is a North Carolina attorney placement group whose placements “speak for themselves.”)

THE BENEFIT OF GOING TO LAW

by: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Two beggars traveling along,
One blind, the other lame.
Pick’d up an oyster on the way,
To which they both laid claim:
The matter rose so high, that they
Resolv’d to go to law,
As often richer fools have done,
Who quarrel for a straw.
A lawyer took it straight in hand,
Who knew his business was
To mind nor one nor t’other side,
But make the best o’ the cause,
As always in the law’s the case;
So he his judgment gave,
And lawyer-like he thus resolv’d
What each of them should have;
Blind plaintif, lame defendant, share
The friendly laws impartial care,
A shell for him, a shell for thee,
The middle is the lawyer’s fee.

The issue is timely. Timeless, mayhap.

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