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Carl David Ceder

Texas Trial Attorney

701 East 15th Street

Suite 102

Plano, Texas  75074

214.702.CARL (2275)

214.206.9395 (Fax)

Carl@CederLaw.com
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"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe."
Abraham Lincoln
Carl David Ceder
Attorney at Law

214.702.CARL (2275)
469.2000.DWI (394)
214.206.9395 (Fax)
701 East 15th Street
Suite 102
Plano, Texas, 75074
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Lincoln's Advice

I love this letter written by Abraham Lincoln imparting advice to young lawyers. I keep this excerpt by my desk at all times to remind me how I always want to conduct my practice. I want to include it on my website for the same reason, in remembrance to a great attorney, a person, a great father and husband, and the best President of the United States...

I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done. When you bring a common-law suit, if you have the facts for doing so, write the declaration at once. If a law point be involved, examine the books, and note the authority you rely on upon the declaration itself, where you are sure to find it when wanted. The same of defenses and pleas. In business not likely to be litigated, -- ordinary collection cases, foreclosures, partitions, and the like, -- make all examinations of titles, and note them, and even draft orders and decrees in advance. This course has a triple advantage; it avoids omissions and neglect, saves your labor when once done, performs the labor out of court when you have leisure, rather than in court when you have not. Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech. And yet there is not a more fatal error to young lawyers than relying too much on speech-making. If any one, upon his rare powers of speaking, shall claim an exemption from the drudgery of the law, his case is a failure in advance.

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.

The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client. An exorbitant fee should never be claimed. As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client. And when you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance. Settle the amount of fee and take a note in advance. Then you will feel that you are working for something, and you are sure to do your work faithfully and well. Never sell a fee note -- at least not before the consideration service is performed. It leads to negligence and dishonesty -- negligence by losing interest in the case, and dishonesty in refusing to refund when you have allowed the consideration to fail.

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.

- Abraham Lincoln

A link to full excerpt is located here

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2012/12/10/abraham_lincoln_the_president_s_advice_to_young_lawyers.html

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • All DWI/DUI Charges
  • Jail Release
  • Attorney Bail Bonds
  • Assault & Family Violence Charges
  • Drug Charges
  • Sex Charges
  • White Collar Crime
  • Juvenile Cases
  • Expunctions
  • Motions for Non-Disclosure
  • Motions to Revoke Probation
  • Parole Violations
  • Federal Charges
  • Weapon Charges
  • Unlawful Carrying of·a Weapon
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Failure to Identify
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading
  • Embezzlement
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglarly
  • Robbery
  • Murder
  • Personal Injury
  • All Personal Injury Claims
  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip & Fall Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Vehicle Defects
  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Day-Care Liability
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • DWI/DUI
  • All DWI Charges
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) 2nd or More
  • Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Occupational Driving Licenses
  • Administrative License Revocation Hearings (ALR's)
  • Driving While License Invalid
  • Public Intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Drug Charges
  • All Drug Charges
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Felony Drug Charges
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Drug Manufacture/Sales
  • Trafficking
  • Importation
  • Cultivation
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription Drug Charges
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of·Manufacturing Equipment
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Assault Charges
  • All Assault Charges
  • Assault Bodily Injury
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Protective Order Hearings
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Sex Offenses
  • All Sexual Cases
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Statutory rape
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation of a Prostitute
  • Child Pornography
  • Internet Charges
  • Solicitation of a Minor
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Lewd Conduct
  • White Collar Crimes
  • All White Collar Crimes
  • Federal & State Cases
  • Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Extortion
  • Money Laundering
  • Insider Trading
  • Misapplying Property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Racketeering
  • Tax Evasion
  • Embezzlement

Areas of Practice

Contact Information

Carl David Ceder

Texas Trial Attorney

701 East 15th Street

Suite 102

Plano, Texas  75074

214.702.CARL (2275)

214.206.9395 (Fax)

Carl@CederLaw.com
Free Evaluation





Jail Release

Please call 214.702.CARL(2275)

in Dallas County or Collin County for

immediate assistance.

Google Search
Law Quotes
"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe."
Abraham Lincoln
Carl David Ceder
Attorney at Law

214.702.CARL (2275)
469.2000.DWI (394)
214.206.9395 (Fax)
701 East 15th Street
Suite 102
Plano, Texas, 75074
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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