My respected colleagues-at-bar,
I was mortified yesterday to notice a respected colleague of mine on this website being denigrated for having told a querist that it is improper to tell a lawyer that the fees shall not be paid to him until and unless he produces the desired result in the case. Defamation proceedings should be brought against those querists who insult a lawyer in this manner.
I have time and again requested my respected colleagues on this site and restate that a legal query posted here shall not be answered before ascertaining that the financial condition of the querist does not allow him to pay the consultancy fees of a lawyer. Surprisingly there were no takers for my suggestion as it was shot down on the pretext that there is a social duty to be performed by the lawyers. While scrambling to perform this social duty the self respect of many has been compromised here. The list is only going to grow if the querists are pampered by rendering free legal advice. A litigant who can afford the fees of a lawyer shall be unhesitatingly told to meet a lawyer in chamber and pay his fees to consilt him on the legal conundrum he is faced with.
I am well aware that I may lose some potential clients from this website after this post. Be that as it may, self respect is more important than money for me.