An investment counselor decided to go out on her own. Being shrewd and diligent, business kept coming in and she soon realized she needed an in-house counsel.

Interviewing the first applicant, she said, "I am certain you can understand that in a business such as this, our personal integrity must be beyond question." Leaning forward, she asked, "Mr. Peters, are you an honest lawyer?"

"Honest?" Mr. Peters replied. "Without a doubt. Why I am so honest that when my father loaned me $20,000 for my education, I paid back every penny the moment I tried my first case."

"That's very impressive," she replied. "What sort of case was it?"

Squirming in his seat, he sheepishly replied, "He sued me for the money."