True Wisdom Means Having Counselors Before You Need Them

   Proverbs 19:20 tells us to “Listen to advice and receive discipline, that you may become wise by the end of your life.”  

   Among many other passages celebrating the virtue of receiving wise counsel, Proverbs 12:15 does so somewhat aggressively when it teaches “A stubborn fool considers his own way the right one, but a person who listens to advice is wise.”

   As professional advisors, attorneys are exposed to clients with varying degrees of respect for wise counsel.  Some soak it in and follow it, usually to great gain, while others resist and ignore it, usually to great loss.  

   Regardless of how varied clients’ responses are to the advice they receive from attorneys, however, one maxim holds true in all situations:  No client has ever regretted getting advice too early.  With that being undeniably the case, two courses of action become absolutely necessary for anyone seeking to follow the path of wisdom.

   First, it is imperative that believers seek counsel at the first sign of trouble instead of once trouble has gotten out of hand.  Too often, followers of Jesus believe that hiring an attorney to assist with a matter is an act of hostility that should be avoided until it is no longer avoidable. 

   Unfortunately, this leaves them at a great disadvanta ...

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