As I was replacing some of my business cards in my wallet this morning, I noticed the words “Attorney At Law” beneath my name. In itself this wasn’t surprising, since I have been actively practicing law for nearly 25 years, but it got me to thinking: am I more “attorney” at law, or “counsellor” at law? And: is there a difference?
In the not-so-distant past, families had a trusted lawyer, a counsellor, who administered to all or most of the family’s legal needs. That lawyer wrote wills, managed real estate transactions, advised about business ventures and handled criminal and other matters as they arose. Often, the lawyer would be called on discuss other sensitive matters, and asked to offer advice on the best way to proceed.