Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Equal Justice for All

by Robert L. Gisel

 The Equal Justice for All aspect of Human Rights falls a cropper when one doesn't know what one's rights are in any given situation but also when one doesn't have easy access to the legal system. This is even included in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Articles 6 through 11* all address protections and access to legal jurisprudence. So what's the problem?

 Problems arise when one is unable to be individually represented.

 This comes about in the main when one does not have access to his own attorney as it is simply unaffordable. To the very wealthy in North America, about 10% of the populace, affordability is no issue. On the other end of the spectrum is Public Assistance available to only about 10% of the populace, albeit possibly pot-luck service. In between is the 80% who very possibly can't afford the high cost of representation, who would have to think of the pocketbook before calling an attorney. This is especially so where one is anticipating civil action, mounting court costs and trial procedures in the US, the most litigious society on earth.

 It is not simply a dispensable luxury item to have and use an attorney. It is an essential aspect in the flow of production and day to day living. Factually, organization of one's personal life is not complete without one's Legal Department in with a freely accessible legal liaison.

 Random circumstances arise as various as are people. The bad economy can predicate desperate and ill advised solutions that can spill over into one's life. A mistaken identity or one willfully stolen by the rampant identity theft criminals can be disastrous when it strikes home.

 Just as one doesn't predict having to go to the doctor for an emergency or to a dentist for a tooth gone wild one doesn't have prediction of life situations needing professional legal assistance. A lot more security comes from having a top-notch firm you can call at any time, one you trust rather than one picked by survey of the yellow pages.

 This was never real to me until access was attained easily and affordably through Prepaid Legal. It's so amazingly economical it is at first seemingly unbelievable. You don't know what you have been missing until you start really using an attorney for any legal questions you have, large or small. One should apprise oneself of the many and varied times when his can save oneself undue travail and unnecessary costs.

 Surprisingly, there is only one company that provides this access and this is the NYSE company Prepaid Legal, Inc. Unlimited calls on any legal matters, scores of hours of court time, letters and document reviews and attorneys on call 24/7 are among the benefits provided. Anything not covered, e.g., a DUI, is provided at a 25% reduction in costs. Offered for the price of a daily cup of coffee.

 The service is available here through this website for anyone would take advantage of this opportunity. It would certainly further the cause of Equal Justice for All if you would.

* Articles 6 through 11 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in full:

Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.


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