Think Like A Lawyer; Don’t Act Like One

“What do you mean?! I never borrowed that gun. Anyhow, I gave it back to you. And, also, the thing was already broken when you lent it to me!” Someone who talks like this is a “cowboy”. Cowboys use the most puzzling arguments. They are not very impressed by a summons or a writ, and they don’t take agreements too seriously. Even if your legal case is strong, if your opponent is a cowboy it can be very dif­ficult to get any justice. Ask yourself whether he’s a cowboy. If he is, then pull out some heavier artillery.

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