Connecticut Lawyer Admits: It's About the Money

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October 3, 2013

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Connecticut Lawyer Admits: It’s About the Money
By Judge Thomas W. Weissmuller (Ret.), Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut

Thomas W. Weissmuller, Esq.
In a recent article in The Connecticut Law Tribune president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association Mark Dubois, Esq. began, “I read somewhere that some lawyers are suggesting that the courts or the legislature develop standard guidelines for alimony. The idea seems to be that there is too much variation from judge to judge, region to region and the public would be better served with a more predictable and uniform system. We had better be careful with this; we might put ourselves out of business.”

Dubois continues, “We can see this phenomenon at work in our own profession. Trying to make the civil justice process less confusing and more open to self-represented parties, the court system developed a robust catalogue of "do-it-yourself" forms and guidelines. Things became routinized, and guidelines and standards were established for most cases. A skills-based system was replaced with a rules-based one.

“Now, instead of hiring lawyers to do simple divorces, litigants can watch a YouTube video and do it themselves. A skilled profession has been replaced with a do-it-yourself, rule-based, system. And many lawyers are out of business. If we replace a skills-based alimony system with a rules-based one, the market for legal services will shrink even more. Great if you market "how-to" books. Not great for lawyers.” Read more...

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