As a non-lawyer, I come to this particular forum to gain knowledge and ask the occasional question. I sometimes state an opinion, but I always preface the opinion by saying the "I am not a lawyer..." . Given the nature of this forum, with so many legal professionals participating, I feel that preface is important.
For me, the value of this forum is enhanced because certain people have an established reputation and credibility, and they post often. Thank you Al, Frank, and Spats!