Merriam-Webster defines "competent" as "having requisite or adequate ability or qualities."' All professions require competence to be successful-from chefs, to tailors, to NFL quarterbacks. Without the adequate ability to poach an egg, alter suits, or read defenses, they lose patrons, customers, or-in the case of a quarterback-games and fans. Lawyers are no different. Without competence, they may not be successful. However, lawyers are different than the NFL quarterback in that they have an explicit duty of competence to their clients.
Lauren W. Waller,
Preservation: Competently Navigating Between All and Nothing,
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