Previously: We hear rousing applause from the public at the news that lawyers are finally being called to task over their astronomical bills. The fundamental Right to Justice afforded to all, courtesy of our Constitution, means that the legal profession is constitutionally bound to temper fees. But let us put this into perspective, lest we find law offices around the country facing a stampede of potential clients expecting discounted rates. Even when tempered, legal fees are still high. But if you play your cards right, they can often be avoided altogether.
Previously, in Affordable Legal Fees Part I: While lamenting the Zuma family’s suspiciously good fortune, we also questioned the broader moral fibre comprising the fabric of our society. Is our humanity indeed measured by the BMWs we drive? Is the charging of exorbitant fees indeed justified because “everyone does it”? Is there anything that can stem the increasingly apparent ethos of feathering one’s own nest at the expense of others? The future of our nation may well rest upon the shoulders of one unassuming yet unassailable savior: the South African Constitution.