“Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man (or woman). There will be business enough”.
Notes from Abraham Lincoln’s Law Lecture, 1851.
At Corish & Co, we have had this quote framed on the wall of our office for the last fifteen years. It is the cornerstone of how we attempt to conduct our Family Law practice.
Abraham Lincoln gave this lecture to fellow lawyers prior to becoming President of the United States. As he suggests, lawyers can do their best work by being peacemakers and resolvers of problems, rather than promoting conflict and adversarial disputes.
We strive to keep our clients out of Court if possible. This is best done by way of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as Collaborative Practice, negotiation, round-table conferences and Mediation.
If you wish to speak to us as to your best course and plan of action to bring about a successful result and resolution in your family law matter, contact us for an obligation-free discussion.