Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ithaca Lawyer Why You Should Vet Your Next Doctor, Lawyer, CPA, Plumber, etc.

I am a lover of language. When I come upon a word or a term I am unfamiliar with or unacquainted with it bothers me. I want to know the full usage and roots of the word and it's conjunctions and permutations. Deep down I'm fascinated with communication.

SchoolHouse Rock is Still on my mind.

I can remember from my youth, a cartoon called Schoolhouse Rock, the songs were great and the lessons stuck for a lifetime, "conjunction junction what's your function, hooking up words and making them sound right." Anyway, I recently saw the word "vetted" as in to vet someone. I originally thought oh that high falutin term was associated with checking out a Politician or a Judicial nominee.

Little did I know that the term "to vet" is now being used to check out the background of anyone you are
hiring, engaging, employing, and/or taking on as a partner/associate. With Google and the internet we can Vet (kinda close to vent as well) easily.

Not this kinda Vet, from

I have been Vetted and I have Vetted. I think Vetting is good because transparency in life and business leads to a more level playing field. All the BS of Wizard of Oz behind the curtain shenanigans exposed for what it is, just another game. I like to play games but not be played. Whether buying a car, picking a mechanic to work on it, staying at a hotel or even eating at a restaurant I want to know what I'm getting myself (or my family) into.

Want to save time, money, and more importantly avoid a potentially bad experience, then VET!!

How to Vet A Professional Hire

1. Google them (seems obvious enough) but moreso, all there names (middle, common), and AKAs, all their businesses, and their associates, if any. Don't stop at page one or two, go on to page five or ten. Something may not show up in the early pages. Look for pictures, facebook, and videos, for the "person" behind the profession. Are they human or just another corporate talking head?

2. Search Reviews and Complaints, some professional organizations like
have rankings, reviews, and endorsements for doctors and lawyers.

Does Your Professional Pass The DUCK TEST?

If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck, guess what? it's probably a duck.

Ducks are easy to spot, from

3. Look at Bar Associations for membership, certification, and disciplinary actions. This should also come up on a google search.

4. Look at their life History, and check cross links for consistency and inconsistency. Do they really cover an entire state for services? What is their background in? Do things add up? They wrote books on corporate law, worked for the Federal Government, and clerked for a family judge, so does that background make them a great DWI lawyer or a Personal Injury Lawyer?

5. Do they reveal their philosophy, their ideas, their ethics, and their professionalism in any of their postings? Do they even have any postings? Are they a ghost, with no past? Do they even have a picture on their website?

In these times being able to trust, to have confidence, and to form a connection with the people you choose to hire is stress relieving. Uncertainty when dealing with YOUR PROBLEMS is troubling. There are always minefields when dealing with an acute/chronic disease, the courts, legal proceedings, criminal charges, the New York DMV, and health care practices. Dealing with them badly not only ages you early, it also may leave you in a constant state of fear and anxiety, or consequences that are irreversible.

Do your diligence, investigate, check out, before you take on anyone for anything important.

Lawrence (Larry) Newman, D.C., Esq.

Doctor of Chiropractic
Attorney and Counselor at Law

Ithaca, NY  14850