Statement of Attorney-Client Policy

It has been said that “the truth will set you free.” As your attorney, our duty is to represent and protect your best interest. As our client, your duty is to tell us the truth. Many times clients believe that they need to “twist” or omit the truth. People often do this because they either believe that no one will find out, or they fear that the truth will hurt their case. In reality, the attorney may see the truth as being helpful to the client’s case. Therefore, it is essential that you, as the client, tell us the truth so that we, as your attorneys, can give you the best advice possible when helping you decide how you want to proceed with your case.

Telling the truth will help us represent you in the most effective manner possible. Remember: communications between attorney and client are confidential. These communications are confidential in order to foster our ultimate goal, which is to represent your best interests in the most effective way possible.

If you decide to go to trial with your case, the single best weapon that we have against the opposing party is our credibility with the judge or jury. Judges and juries do not like to go against the party who has established credibility with them for being truthful. However, if, even for a moment, the judge or jury believes that we are attempting to mislead them, they will look for a reason to find against us.

Now that we have discussed the importance of telling your attorney the truth, the next point that we would like to stress to you is this: stop talking to anyone else about your case. This means talk to absolutely NOBODY! As discussed above, attorney client conversations are confidential, however, other conversations that you have are not. There are just too many examples of how “loose lips sink ships.”

Also, payment for our services is absolutely essential to the attorney client relationship. We want to be able to focus on your case as your attorney, not as your bill collector. When a client does not pay in a timely manner it causes unneeded stress for both the attorney and client. Simply, payment of your lawyer is the most important payment you can make—we are being paid to help you keep your freedom, protect your rights, or get you the best result possible.

Communication between the attorney and client is also very important. We cannot represent you effectively if you disappear. This means that you need to respond to any letters, email, or phone calls we make to you in a timely manner. This also means that if something new comes up regarding your case, you must communicate this new fact to us in a timely manner.

We understand that the legal system can be a difficult and potentially long road for you. Therefore, it is important that you try to lead as normal a life as possible. It has been said that the wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine. Keep in mind that we, as your attorneys, are doing everything we can to minimize this stress. However, we do not control the court system. Try to remain patient and understand that we will do everything possible to resolve the matter in the best way possible.

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