The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Friday, March 17, 2006

Big Law Firms Do NOT Speak for All Lawyers

I don't particularly want to pay more in taxes either, but it's ludicrous that law firms worth literally billions now pay practically nothing to help fund education. Unlike normal businesses, all lawyers pay an occupational tax (also known as the "Thanks for being a lawyer" tax) but if and ONLY if they are a professional corporation, do they have to pay the franchise tax as well. And this is why the biggest law firms are still partnerships. These rich crybabies who have shirked their fair share for years due to a loophole created by lawyer-legislators are giving the rest of us a bad name. And don't believe their cover story about the pain of "passing the tax burden onto our poor benighted clients," either. Big law firms represent big clients. These guys don't make millions and millions of dollars per year by representing misdemeanor criminal defendants or single mothers seeking child support, believe me.

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