🍁How would you build a career as a lawyer in India, when “Word of Mouth” publicity and “Merits” have taken a back seat?
In 35 years of law practice in India, I have seen sea changes.
There was a time when it was said that “A lawyer should work like a horse and live like a hermit”… In those days, lawyers were supposed to give full time to study of briefs and to development of law. Lawyers used to compare judgements of different High Courts and better principles of laws were evolved.
Now, the law , that is the case law, changes every three months. The different views of different High Courts have little importance. The judges focus more on facts of cases. The laws are interpreted in light of each case. So different cases, different interpretations.
The cases takes years to go on. Some time a case started by one generation ends in another generation.
So the concept of merit of a lawyer, his hard work and “Word of Mouth” publicity have become outdated concepts.
Now, “Just Dial A Lawyer” services have come up on many web portal.
This, and many other things, have changed the course a profession which was once considered a Noble Profession.
How do you see the future of legal profession in India?🍁
“Do not join legal profession unless you are willing to keep shuffling papers for five years.”
This was advice of a government pleader to his nephew who wanted to join legal profession and who wanted to join his office as his junior.
“You may be my nephew. But if you will join my office than you will have to work like other juniors. You will have to keep shuffling papers for five years.” The lawyer further said.
His nephew agreed to his conditions and joined legal profession.
🍁 The advice “To Keep shuffling case papers for 5 years” kept him motivated to keep reading legal briefs, one after another, and today he is a successful advocate in Gujarat High Court.
🍁Story of Integrity of a retired High Court Judge who once sat in my chamber and said that though he was a retired HC Judge, he was unable to help his nephew.
This happened many years ago. His relative was in Gujarat. His relative made some mistake and got in wrong place at wrong time.
The relative was charged in a criminal case. And he was convicted.
Since the retired judge was bound to go to Gujarat to help his relative, he went there.
A top criminal lawyer was engaged for appeal in Gujarat High Court. The retired HC Judge also assisted this criminal lawyer in formulating legal arguments.
The appeal was however dismissed by Guj HC.
So to challenge this order, he and his relative had come to my chamber.
Since record of trial court was in Gujarati, they needed my help to read each line of evidence.
Though we tried our best, the appeal to SC was also dismissed.
What I today remember, after many years, is integrity of this High Court Judge. He never tried to influence anyone in judiciary regarding case of his relative.
🍁 The Judiciary also remained unaffected by the fact that accused was a close relative of a retired High Court Judge.
🍁 These were some of those moments when my respect towards judiciary increased immensely.
🍁 Story of A Lawyer who does not want to make Will of his properties 🙏
In 1964, he was in a Govt Job. He resigned and became an advocate.
On his very first day of his training under a senior lawyer, his senior sent him to file some bail bonds.
On his way, in court compound, he met a man who asked him,”Will you take my case?”
The advocate replied reluctantly that “Today is my first day. And I have yet a lot to learn.”
The man said, “Doesn’t matter. I want only a young junior advocate for my case.” He gave him case and gave him Rs.1100/- for his first fee. This was equal to two month salary of his govt job from which he had resigned.
Advocate went to home and placed his first fee in hands of his mother.
Years rolled by. Now he has three sons. He has his own three storied house. He is in his post retirement age.
He decided that he does not want to make Will of his properties. He had fought many cases of Will and had learned how relatives fight over a Will.
He called middle son and gave him middle floor of house. He called younger son and gave him ground floor. He called elder son and gave him third floor.
The photographs of sons standing in portions of their flats were taken. Family partition deed was made and registered.
He gave basement on rent for his income.
Today he is aged 85 years and he is living a happy life. He does need to make any Will of his properties.
He set an example of living a planned life.🍁🍁🍁
Once, when I was in serious troubles, I wrote following letter to few celebrities. Some of them reciprocated as if they were actually”Parts of God” and they helped me out from my serious troubles.
The letter read as under:
“5000 years ago a Mysterious Man was born among is. He used to help us even if we were not his relatives or freinds. His name was Krishna and he told us that he was a God and He comes here in every century to help us
In a book called Bhagwad Gita, He said, “All Glorious and Strong Persons are Parts of Me. Whoever shall express his wishes before such persons, his wishes will be fulfilled by me as per his merits and in accordance with nature and strength of those persons….
“Then I used to ask if they can help me out from my following problem… Then I used to state my troubles.”
None of them used to reply. But my troubles used to disappear in few days on their own.
Later also, I tried this method several times whenever I had issues which were beyond my strength to solve it…It worked most of the time. And when my wishes had no merits, it did not work.
A rich man had two types of cars and two types of lawyers.
One car had no steering wheel. When started it can keep going in any directions without any control.
Second car had no brakes. So when started, though it had control over directions, it had no control over brakes.
Same was the case with his two lawyers.
One lawyer had no steering wheel. When he will start arguing his case, he can keep arguing without any aims.
He second lawyer had steering wheel but he had no brakes. When he will be arguing his case, though he will be knowing the aim of his arguments, he will not be knowing when to stop his arguments.
Both of his lawyers used to charge him fees on basis of per minute they argue in court.
The rich man was happy with both his lawyers. He always used to do wrong things and then used to hire these two lawyers for arguing his cases in courts.
Have trouble setting good intentions and good goals? The following thought or Mantra may help :- ” The Best will be the Lot of Wise Man who speaks Truth.”
Focusing on this thought or believing in this thought will automatically raise “Good Intent” from within you. Such is the power of these 12 words.
As per my interpretation, this thought brings focus on three things. 1) There should be a lot, a gathering or group of people. Not one or two persons. 2) This group or lot must be of people who are Wise. 3) These wise people must be those who have habit of speaking truth.
There may be another interpretation that “A lot which belongs to a Wise Man is good”. .. But either way, this Mantra generstes automatically good intents from within.
Once our focus grows on this thought, the “Good Intent” must start rising from within us effortlessly.
The above quote or thought is inspired from translation of a Gatha in the book, page 120, in – “The Inner Fire: Faith, Choice, and Modern-day Living in Zoroastrianism” by Rohinton F. Nariman.