Garam Patent & Law Firm Manager Yoon Cheol
The law is always on our side
“Just because you’ve never been involved in a criminal or civil law case in your life, you shouldn’t think that you can have no involvement with the law. Law has an intimate relationship with our lives, and it is not an existence you can cut off.” Appearing in ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’ issue 93, manager Yoon Cheol shares his thoughts, hoping that the law can be close to ordinary people’s lives. He advised that legal issues must be resolved through experts, or you will be struck by the rod that is the law if you act without knowing it.
After seeing manager Yoon Cheol’s article in ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’ from a year ago, a lot of North Korean refugees have asked for his help. The more requests he received, the deeper his concerns went. He had a lot of thoughts about legal fee.
“If you have an unjust story or a conflict occurs, it is good to resolve it according to the law. It is not wise to respond emotionally or rashly. If you say that you’re going to solve a problem with the intention of making money, then it’s like hurting the victim again.”
Conflicts must be resolved not with emotion but law and procedure
Firstly, he shared another procedure for cases in which you deem that it will be hard to expect a good result considering the legal fee that will be charged for phone consultations. For example, for cases of a delay in wage payments, there are ways to resolve this by asking related institutions such as the Labor Administration for help.
Nowadays, even in a situation in which the number of North Korean refugees entering Korea has been decreasing due to the prolonged pandemic, there is no small amount of fraud cases involving North Korean refugee employment and money exchanges.
“These problems cannot be solved within the frames of the law. All I can advise is for them to be careful from now on.”
In another case, “If a victim feels something is unfair and calls the aggressor past 7pm and gets angry at them, then depending on the related laws, you might actually become the aggressor. In these situations, you need to calm your personal feelings and call during the day, or resolve the case by charging them according to legal procedures.”
Difficult but worth it
Most of the clients who come looking for him are victims. In cases that he takes on, there are obviously many difficulties in the process. Legal terms or complex legal procedures are difficult for even people born and raised in South Korea to understand at once.
Reaching his 17th year of settlement in South Korea, manager Yoon has been processing this difficult work with a professionalism that comes from endless studying and experiences.
“Even now, when people I’ve helped solve cases in the past send me small but sincere gifts, like things they’ve personally grown, then I feel pride and satisfaction from this work, and it makes me think that I have to try harder than before.”
Manager Yoon, who never forgets where he started from even with the repetitive daily work, is an avid fan of ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’.
“Sometimes, settlement-related information that you find out through hearsay or people you know can be inaccurate, but ‘Dongposarang (loving compatriots)’ is like a friend you can approach for the most accurate and recent information. I hope that there’ll be more than 100 issues, maybe 500 or 1,000, and it’ll continue to grow and receive more love from North Korean refugees,” he said, sharing his feeling or gratitude.