I got the phone call last week. You know, the one where your third cousin twice-removed finds out you’re an attorney and asks for help on some pressing legal matter.

I’ll usually listen patiently during these conversations until the moment presents itself when I can interject, “Canadian and American laws are just so different, I really wouldn’t feel comfortable advising you on that issue.” As most of my family lives above the 49th parallel, this line has served me well.

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