Law & You
07 September, 2010

One of the things that had always surprised me about America was the fact that a lawyer's profession was the most popular trade there. The rumor has it that there are more lawyers in the United States than an actual market might need, but who knows - I have never seen an unemployed lawyer in the States in the last 20 years of my life there. My understanding is that the more lawful a society is, the more lawyers it

needs, and the more rules and regulations it takes to abide by.

 

One of the things that had always surprised me about America was the fact that a lawyer's profession was the most popular trade there. The rumor has it that there are more lawyers in the United States than an actual market might need, but who knows - I have never seen an unemployed lawyer in the States in the last 20 years of my life there. My understanding is that the more lawful a society is, the more lawyers it needs, and the more rules and regulations it takes to abide by.

Being law-abiding a citizen is one thing though, and knowing law is another. You might want to live by law, but the ignorance of law might put you in trouble, thus making you a law-braking citizen. Well, many would say 'that's why the lawyers are', but lawyers are the highest-paid professionals in most countries, especially in America. In Georgia, lawyers are also gathering momentum little by little. Law firms are popping up like mushrooms in the wood, and they are learning the price of their services too. In a country of a rule of law, which Georgia claims to be, one should be versed at least in elementary things concerning law. Otherwise you might have to pay an arm and a leg if you are faced with a complicated legal issue. Thus we all need to be educated in matters of law to a certain extent. Therefore, Georgian Journal editors have found it expeditious to introduce a column which will teach the readers of this paper how to behave optimally in situations where a lawyer's services are either unavailable or unaffordable. For example, if you don't know that you can't jump a red light, you might get fined, but if you know the rule, you will definitely refrain from breaching it in order to avoid the unnecessary expenditure. This was just one very commonplace example, but there really are the laws working out there breaking of which might cost you millions. The column is going to be titled 'Law & You' which is going to be covered by a young lawyer Anna Vachadze. The column will carry legal issues and mini-articles on law, the knowledge of which will substantially enhance our chances to keep away from trouble. This is actually going to be a free legal counseling opportunity provided by our newspaper. We cannot survive in a legally well-organized society without having been lectured in the field. Anna has already prepared a long list of the simplest issues which are taken for granted by most of us, but at the same time we have no idea how they are working in real life. Leaving heedless those issues may very well be conducive to our financial losses, saying nothing about loss of time, loss of good name and even loss of freedom. This might seem an exaggeration at this very moment, but it could also be a possibility we want to avoid, and go free and happy. We are not scaring anybody. We are just telling you that knowing law might make life easier and happier too.

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