Ungh. Going through the comments on a lease I drafted last summer.
Whenever the tenant decides to cheap out and not hire a lawyer to review their lease, it's always a huge pain in the ass. They literally have no idea what they're talking about.
OK, I get that you need to save money. But thinking you can just do law yourself? This is something that people go to school for, for a long, long time. Even when they're allowed to practice, there's a lot of learning left to go. Maybe you can walk in off the street and do it, but I doubt it.
Would you do that for surgery? For furnace repair? Maybe you can, but you gotta teach yourself a lot first. Can you walk into CERN and start doing Science? No.
That doesn't happen with doing your own legal work. People just jump in, figuring that they can read, so what's the problem? The problem, really, is that it's a different way of reading, a different way of thinking.
Same situation happened again with a friend of mine last week, who finds herself in a property dispute. She thinks she found a solution. I told her, no, that (thing) hasn't been around for years now, it's gone. She was quite vehement about me being wrong. OK, you go do whatever. Good luck.
That's the flip side of it. Nevermind doing your own legal work yourself, people will argue with you so strongly about you the lawyer being wrong. They are emphatic about you the lawyer being wrong, and can't you see how simple this is?
That's the part I don't get. If it's that simple, why do lawyers need so much training to get there? Why did I spend nine fucking years learning about it? You honestly don't think that someone hasn't thought of your obvious point before?
We are not all experts in everything. That's fine.
Whatever. I'm just griping because my job is made more difficult by these know-it-alls, first by having to fix their mess, and secondly, how to explain how I fixed their mess without using the phrase "You have no idea what you're talking about".