Proponent – this legal term has two different meanings:
– it is used in the area of Inheritance Law. In some jurisdictions the proponent is a person who offers a will for probate for discussion or acceptance.
– it refers to a person who makes an offer or proposal; an advocate. Lawyers are proponents – they propose or offer something in favor of their clients, towards the opposite party.
* Note that practicing lawyers do not protect the legal and financial interests of people for free (except where provided in the legislation), i.e. they don’t negotiate with and. accept pressure by the opposite parties for free; their personal advocacy is paid simply because they make expenses to keep business, so when asking a lawyer for their legal opinion on a concrete legal issue, you should pay them for their opinion and legal advice; it is the same like when you visit a doctor and pay for their competent diagnose and accurate medical treatment.