Plowden Hall Law Firm, PLLC is in the process
of limiting its legal services and is focusing on mobile and virtual services where the cost-savings are transferred
to the client.
Because, with "Eyes
Wide Open" it is clear that the world is changing, and so are the best in interests and needs of
clients-which often have little to do with the law or are not addressed in the law. The "best interest"
of a client can looks very different today from that in the last century. One size does not fit all,
and almost every material problem or factor is multifaceted, multidimensional, multidisciplinary in substance, integrated,
and all aspects of the puzzle impact and depend on the other aspect.
The law deals with matters in the context of the law only. We have one of the most wonderful
legal systems in the world, but it is a "legal" system. By design it has been developed to bring consistency
and continuity as to the legal treatment of a matter. In a world where the issues are limited to those of the
law only and the circumstances are simple, the law can be very effective if applied well. But is this
the reality of the 21st Century?
now in a world where the impact of one decision or one bit of information can impact many people, who
would not otherwise even known about it 25 years ago! So the best interests of clients have changed, in content, in complexity
and in a global context! KISS, the "keep it simple, stupid" principle may have been applicable 99% of the time
in the past. However, today-where reality is anything but simple-"KEEP IT SIMPLE=STUPID" may be the more
applicable principle, with matters addressed in simple subparts or components, which collectively are complex and
need to be addressed & managed from the global perspective. Down-Top and Top-Down management are the realities of
with any legal practice, Plowden Hall Law Firm, PLLC is limited in what it can do and not do. For the most part "best
interests" mean best "legal" interests, and these may or may not have anything to do with what the real needs
of a client. To expect any system, even the finest system of justice in the world, to meet and
address the needs of today is arguably nonsensical.
30 years ago, Jeanne Hall sought to pursue her "personal calling" (in the words of Oprah
Winfrey) and to do something for people that she loves, believes in, and about which she is proud! This meant to be prepared
not only to help with the legal needs of clients, but to do so in the context of reality and common sense-something
that the law may not even address. The need for more graduate education and training in business, communications,
conflict & risk management, strategic/critical thinking and planning, multi-disciplinary/multi-faceted substantive
knowledge became evident. The experiences in the real world, as well as the world of the law and litigation, with real
challenges and real problems, became necessary & invaluable.
Therefore, Jeanne tries to translate how the law can or may work in a matter, and can try
to explain the why &-to do so in a way that can make sense to those who are not lawyers. She tries to make the "law"
fit into the broader world of the client, and not have the client or his world fit into the very limited confines of the
law. To do so requires more than a legal education and experience.
The challenging part is that most lawyers and some clients
are comfortable with what is familiar and what they "know" so what is different and "established"
may result in resistance to the new, and even overt action to protect the old from the new. It is often easier not
to change oneself or their professional environment, which has likely become a system adverse to change and evolution.
Expectations are based on the old and fear is often found as to the new and the dynamic. Familiarity with a system
may result in some consistency, but is consistency more important than competency and meeting the needs of today and
With a world that is
changing culturally and in terms of information and communication faster than the rain forests are being destroyed,
one might argue that tradition and resistance to change are exponentially increasing the destruction and decay
of our world. Isn't the primary, if not only, way to really help clients today, based on integrated, multifaceted,
multidisciplinary, global, relevant and applicable resources? What if the legal aspects of a situation are of nominal
Plowden Hall is moving toward a virtual (but very real) and mobile legal practice and limiting areas of practice. It
was never a general practice firm, but the business plan of this practice is to provide specific, complex, limited but
key services focused on being part of a collaborative effort for a client that is much bigger and designed to meet
the specifically-tailored needs and actual best interests of a client.
The general focus now is on being part of a collaborative
team, a team which is NOT limited to practicing law, but which collectively provides professional services that
better meet the real client needs today and tomorrow. Plowden Hall is only one part of the collaborative effort, and
only practices law as limited, and other law firms may also be the "legal" part of such collaboration, with may
other "non-legal" aspects to the collective services.
Cardinal Professional Resources, LLC (CPR) was independently formed on May 15, 2012 to be that collaborative
and collective venue which "facilitates" the meeting of most needs and interests of a client. CPR does
not and will never practice law, as the unauthorized practice of law is a crime. The distinction between Plowden
Hall and CPR must be acknowledged, honored and handled with the greatest of respect and diligence. The same is true as
to any other profession that requires a license.
Will CPR be met with resistance and consternation? It is a concept that upsets the "apple cart"
but in today's world, is the apple cart not just an antiquated concept, but also one that often causes results in
mroe harm than help. What is the answer to "how is it working for you today?"
The mission of Plowden Hall is to be so successful in its provision of
limited legal services-so that there is little to no demand for help "after" a problem or dispute arises (litigation
a thing of the past, except for criminal actions) because all effective preventive tools were used-that it ONLY provides
preventive services as there is no demand for the other. Clients would not bring problems to the firm, clients would bring
situations where problems are to be prevented.
word "Cardinal" for CPR is used with intent. It means "of upmost importance" or "paramount."
In the 21st Century, what is of true importance almost always has little to do with what the legal system can offer at
this time. Plowden Hall is looking to the realities of the now and future in limiting its services, something which we
believe will be what the future of law firms will be-we are just trying to do so ahead of the pack.
So, at Plowden Hall, we still hope to be able to help you if your needs
are within the limited scope of our work at this time. Please call us at 828.877.4645 or fax at: 838.877.6277
or email us at: email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send mail to us at: P O Box 1077, Brevard NC 28712. We are still dedicated to providing the best of legal services
in those limited areas in which we still practice, with due diligence, with collaboration, with strategy, and with the
goal to perform our duties so that clients can make informed decisions as to the limited areas of practice at this firm.
For more information about CPR please go to: www.cardinal-professional-resources.com. We are very selective in those we serve and those with whom we
collaborate to provide services, which we have found is better for business, as people are much more inclined to be pleased
when the professional relationship is the "right fit." Again, CPR cannot practice law and no one at CPR can
practice law doing business as CPR, and CPR intentionally avoids such practice and any confusion or misperception as to the