Just about every day I find in our in-box several e-mail messages with link-exchange requests by organizations who wish to advertise the services of lawyers and law firms, at the website of Fathers for Life, for free, so that they can explore and exploit untapped market potential and opportunities.
The legal industry saturated the market and is limited only by the capability of potential legal clients to pay for legal services. Although until not all that long ago the legal profession was a growth industry and primarily divorce and related litigation still is a fertile and lucrative feeding ground for established members of the legal profession, new, young lawyers entering the market find that the road to success is a steep one to climb, that the going is hard, and that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to succeed with recovering even their initial capital outlay and the debts they incurred to be able to set out on the road to the more and more elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Today I received a request by LexisNexis, the provider of [legal library services and pointers to legal help (2011 03 09 –WHS)]. It is not a link-exchange request, not at first glance, for which reason I did not dismiss it out of hand but responded to it. Here it is (and my response):
On 04/11/2010 1:18 PM, …Jeanine (LNG-CON) wrote:
Re: Free Legal Resources from LexisNexis
I am reaching out to you on behalf of LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell regarding the following page: http://fathersforlife.org/fatherhood/paternity_fraud_compensation.htm
LexisNexis has free educational resources to share with your school. We would like to provide you with a link so that your students can access this information.
Does this seem like something you would be interested in, or would you be able to put me in touch with someone that is responsible for adding resources and updates to the site?
I look forward to hearing back from you!
To which I responded:
Thanks for writing. You have come to the right party.
It seems to me that I have an idea on what you intend to offer, but if it involves money for subscriptions to [legal libraries] or other legal services that will have to be purchased, then we cannot become involved. Nor will we advertise any legal services, not as long as those services require subscription fees for those most in need of free access to those services.
Those in need would be expunged fathers whose wages have been garnished and whose professional and government-issued licences were cancelled or revoked, whereby they are deprived of any means to make a living and help them get out the hole hole feminist jurisprudence put them in, by preventing them even from being able to obtain legal assistance in the courts.
However, if you wrote to offer free access to [legal library] services to those in need of them, then all of the concerns I outlined would be unfounded. I merely mentioned those concerns to possibly save you the trouble of having to write with further details of your offer and having me respond along the lines of the concerns outlined above.
My perceptions may be wrong (they were correct on prior occasions) and my misgivings could therefore be out of place. In that case I apologize and will be willing to pay full attention to further details regarding your intentions in relation to how the website of Fathers for Life can become a better tool for the benefit of those in great need of it.
An aside: You did not identify how or why you searched the website of Fathers for Life to enable you to find the web page that comments on the circumstances of compensation for paternity fraud. The results for such a search would be incomplete if they were not to include also web pages such as the one at http://fathersforlife.org/Sodhi/YWCA_2001.htm, [The legal-library service] Quicklaw is mentioned there, but the reference is not a link).
Stay tuned to find out what will develop next.
Note 2011 03 09: Made edits to text, to remove or clarify references to Quicklaw, as required. –WHS