Are you thinking about lying to your lawyer? Wondering if it really matters? Allow us to stop you right there. (And no, we’re not just saying that because we’re a law firm…) As attorneys, it is our job to fight for the best interest of our clients. To do our jobs effectively, it’s critical that you are honest with us throughout the process.
While shame, guilt, and/or insecurity may tempt you to lie to your lawyer, we strongly advise you to resist the urge. Why? Here are five reasons why it’s important to be honest with your lawyer:
Client-Attorney privilege ensures that confidential communications between an attorney and their client remain private. Essentially, this privilege prevents your lawyer from discussing the details of your case with others. For this reason, you should feel comfortable telling your lawyer the truth, as they are required to keep all information having to do with your representation between the two of you.
Negotiations are routine in many legal proceedings. However, for them to be successful, your attorney must fully understand what they’re working with. If your lawyer is informed of all the details surrounding your case (including those which might be used against you), they will be in the best position to achieve a successful outcome.
As experienced attorneys, we can attest that the worst thing a client can do to their lawyer is blindside them. If your lawyer is caught off-guard, they are immediately placed in an inferior position. Not only will telling your lawyer as much information as possible help them to do their job, but they will have ample time to craft rebuttals if needed.
Part of your lawyer’s job is to strategize the best plan for legal action. However, to do so effectively, they must know the whole truth. If you are dishonest with your lawyer — or you refrain from telling them certain pieces of information — they could unintentionally strategize an action plan that is not actually in your best interest.
The final reason why it’s important to be honest with your lawyer is that it will ultimately save you money. If you are dishonest with your attorney about the details of your case, they may strategize a legal plan that goes in the wrong direction.
As you can probably imagine, redirecting an incorrect plan will cost a lot more than if you had simply been honest in the first place.
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