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  • #46
    I seem to see that in the US it is accepted, is that right?

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    • #47
      It is widely used in the US and no big deal frankly. I am frankly a little surprised by all the criticism here.

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      • #48
        Still seems a little pretentious to me. Like some knight from the middle ages.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by CharlesFarliegh View Post
          Re: Proper use of "Esq."

          Just so we are all clear on what you are saying, Mr. Unregistered (read-I am ashamed and/or afraid to post my real name). We here in America use "Esq." to indicate we are attorneys who have earned a J.D., passed the bar and prepared for public service in the same way that those who have earned their M.D. and have passed their exams and are prepared to serve the public use "Dr." We attach no sense of "nobility" or "entitlement" to the use. And you call US pompous and self-serving when your use of the term denotes some pathetic attempt to hold on to long-dead centuries old traditions handed down to you by a monarch AND your use of the word has the truly pompous and self-serving use of some elitist title? That has to be the most ridiculously obtuse comment I have read today. I actually laughed out loud. Thank you for that. For your own personal edification (since you appear to be unaware) when we shrugged off the cruel, selfish, totalitarian rule of a monarchy in order to try this little experiment now called the U.S.A. we not only shrugged off your pompous, divisive, self-serving, elitist system of titles and nobility, but we also shrugged off people like you. And we continue to do so today. How pathetic your tiny soul must be (assuming there is some last dot of it left). I hope you are one day able to rise above your elitist upbringing and step into the age of enlightenment. Bonne chance.
          It seems to me we added a bunch of new titles.
          And just recreated the old English system. With a little less obvious snobbery.

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          • #50
            But I see many organizations using it?

            I just got AAA notice and all the lawyers were tiled as esq...

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            • #51
              Yes that is because it IS widely used by lawyers in the US despite what a few others have said here.

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              • #52
                Pompous IMHO

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                  This is not exactly an ethics question, but ...

                  Is the use of the legal title "Esq." proper for both male and female attorneys ?

                  Thanks.
                  YUP, use it al the time! I am female.

                  ps--paralegals should not use the term or they risk action by the state bar. I have seen it happen.

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                  • #54
                    It's certainly not illegal (as to attorneys) and many people accept it so you have to be your own judge.
                    If your clients like it then go ahead.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Guest View Post

                      It seems to me we added a bunch of new titles.
                      And just recreated the old English system. With a little less obvious snobbery.
                      Well you an think that but it's not really true. It IS widely used and users don't think anything about it being pretentious. And it does help inform people.

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                      • #56
                        Why not just say lawyer, or attorney?

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                        • #57
                          I wonder if an accountant can use that term if they deal with corporate formations?

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                          • #58
                            Can I use the term on my letterhead after graduation from law school but before the bar is passed?

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                            • #59
                              Again that would seem misleading to me--you are asking for trouble.

                              tj

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                              • #60
                                Esquire is a professional designation in the legal arena, not a social title. When you correspond with a lawyer, you have two choices:
                                1. Write the person using a standard courtesy title (“Mr. Robert Jones” or “Ms. Cynthia Adams”)
                                2. Skip the courtesy title and put “Esquire” after the name, using its abbreviated form, “Esq.” (“Robert Jones, Esq.” or “Cynthia Adams, Esq.”)

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