Hiring an attorney can be an intimidating prospect, and many people are unsure they want to go that route. Whatever the case may be, there are some things you are required to tell your attorney upon hiring them to handle your case, and there are other things your attorney doesn’t need to know, doesn’t want to know, and they probably won’t ask. The important part of hiring your attorney is knowing what information you must honestly provide before you ruin your chances at a successful litigation attempt. No attorney wants to learn these things about you in a courtroom. They want to know before they get there so they can prepare you to handle them if they come up.
Your Criminal History
You cannot lie about your criminal history when speaking to your attorney. If the opposing counsel finds out about it and decides to use it against you in the courtroom, your attorney is going to be upset with you. Your attorney needs time to prepare you on how to answer questions of this nature prior to the questions being asked.
If You Have Friends Associated with the Opposing Party
If you’re being sued in court, you’ll need to share with your attorney whether you have friends in common with the person suing you. The opposing counsel will not hesitate to track them down and ask them to testify against you, and your attorney must know if this is something they can expect.
If There Is Proof You Did Something
Most attorneys have no desire to know whether their clients are innocent or guilty. They merely do the job they’re hired to do, but they do need to know if there is a proof anywhere that you did anything. They must be in the know about this so they can explain it, and so that they’re not surprised by it when it comes up in a court of law.
If You Are Involved in Any Other Litigation
Do you have another lawyer for a different matter? Do you have another case pending elsewhere? Is there anything of this nature your attorney needs to know about your legal history? It might not seem as though it matters or pertains to this case, but it does. Your attorney needs to know.
If your attorney asks you a question, he or she needs the correct and honest answer. No matter what the question is, you better be prepared to answer it honestly and upfront. There is no question about this. If your attorney is asking, it’s because he or she needs to know the truth.
If you’re involved in a lawsuit any time, call Kevin J Napper to discuss your case. Kevin J Napper can help you navigate the law, prove your case, or defend your rights in a court of law, but only if you’re open and honest about what’s to come in the courtroom. Call now to schedule a consultation regarding your legal needs.