Before you all jump for joy at this headline, it’s nearly 21 October 2015 – Back to the Future Day. This is the day when Marty McFly went back to the future to stop his son from ending up in prison for the robbery of the Hill Valley Payroll Substation.
According to the film, lawyers were abolished to make way for a data-court which saw Marty McFly Jr arrested, tried and sentenced all within 2 hours.
So, as we approach the real 21 October 2015 lawyers haven’t been abolished … yet.
But this prediction from the film may well come true before we’re all riding round on hoverboards.
In a recent speech the Lord Chief Justice (head of the judiciary in England and Wales) said that “the justice system must adapt to a life without lawyers.”
Does this mean data courts are on their way?
The justice system adapting to a life without lawyers makes a great headline and it certainly caused an out-cry within the legal profession, but it’s not likely to happen.
However, I do agree with the LCJ.
I’m 100% in favour of abolishing lawyers.
In certain situations, at least.
For example, there should be no need for me, as a solicitor, to get involved in payment disputes under the small claims limit (currently £10,000). There should be a system for clients and suppliers to resolve their disputes quickly and easily without the need for lawyers (or judges for that matter) to get involved.
Every day businesses are being forced to close due to late payments starving them of cash and this needs to stop.
The small claims court should be the forum to resolve these payment disputes and in theory, people should be able to represent themselves because many of the stricter court rules have been relaxed.
The trouble is, the system still isn’t as easy to navigate as it could be. There’s so much more that could be done to speed up access to justice but this is going to take time and require a fundamental shift in our thinking.
The foundation of our legal system is that justice should be fair, open, public and available to everyone.
But it’s not.
Our legal system doesn’t treat people fairly. It favours those who know how to use it to their advantage. And those who don’t struggle to see any justice.
This balance needs to be re-adjusted but in reality it’s not going to happen. There’s always going to be someone who has figured out a loophole to turn things to their advantage.
OK, so this might not be fair but if you accept this as a reality you can focus your efforts in the right direction. You then have a choice. You can wait for the system to change, spend your time complaining that it’s unfair and hoping that you don’t go bankrupt in the mean time.
Or, you can use what we’ve got now and turn it to your advantage.
This doesn’t mean just knowing the rules. It means knowing the tricks of the trade and having the insider knowledge to apply them to your advantage so you have the best possible chance of recovering what is rightfully yours.
This is what I give you in Cash Flow Rescue (to find out more, please click here).
I want every business owner to be paid every penny of what they’re owed and they shouldn’t have to incur expensive legal fees in the process so I’ve distilled the best of my knowledge and experience into a system that makes this possible – and it’s as easy as copy, paste and send.
What ever legal system we have in place, either now or in the future, there’s one fundamental principle that will always be true.
If you want justice, it’s down to you to stand up for your rights and go and get it.
You need to take responsibility and claim what is rightfully yours because people (in business especially) will always try to take advantage of you if you let them.
When it comes to getting paid, if you let clients take advantage of you, you’ll soon be out of business and you will have no future.
As Doc Brown says, “Your future hasn’t been written yet. Your future is what ever you make it, so make it a good one!”
And you can start right now by clicking here.
To be continued ….