Never Hide The Truth from a Lawyer!
Though a lawyer may be engaging in multifarious professional activities such as counseling,drafting, pleading and reading etc,the entire gamut of his profession is based upon the factual information and the instructions that he obtains from his clients and other details that he derives from the documents submitted by him.While engaging a lawyer or consulting him, it is always advisable for you to fix up a prior appointment with him for a specific duration of 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending upon the gravity of the situation and the complexity of the legal problems involved.
After fixing up your appointment with the lawyer,your next task is to make yourself ready for your meeting or counseling with the lawyer on the appointed day.It is equally important for you to collect the available legal documents preferably in original that required to be consulted and clarified,besides taking down a short notes of the facts and issues that need consultation.If you are an illiterate person and incapable of answering or clarifying the questions of the lawyer,it is advisable to engage a known and close confident and a knowledgeable person who may accompany you to assist you while consulting the lawyer.
During your consultation,a lawyer after patiently hearing the facts narrated by you or your close confident,he may obtain the necessary information from you by asking a series of questions at you, besides seeking clarifications with regard to the documents submitted by you and even requesting you to procure and submit additional documents in support of your claim and case.
While consulting the lawyer,whether it is a criminal or a civil case,it is your bounden duty to provide the complete details of your case which are nothing but truth.If you are charged under the provisions of DUI laws of any state of US and issued with a traffic ticket for driving under the influence of liquor, you may have to encounter criminal proceedings in a court of law and may even be jailed up to one month or even more.When you consult a DUI law expert,you have to narrate the complete details of your arrest and your actual physical condition etc, when you are driving under the influence of liquor that led to your arrest and the issue of traffic ticket.However,as directed by the lawyer,you may have to plead not guilty by way of defense in the court of law in the course of criminal judicial proceedings and it is the duty of the lawyer to defend you on the other available grounds.
In the case of civil proceedings,since your case is mostly contested on the basis of documentary evidence,when you narrate the complete factual information of your case to the lawyer,it is up to the lawyer to utilize the facts and information as judiciously as possible as submitted by you.For example, when you along with your fiancee consult a lawyer for preparing a prenuptial agreement, both of you should provide the lawyer the complete details of your movable and immovable properties and all other material facts and details without hiding anything.Then only the lawyer can prepare a trouble-free prenuptial agreement that will facilitate you to have an easy divorce proceedings in future besides paving the ways for an easy settlement of issues between you and your spouse.Suppose,both of you have not provided the complete details of your personal properties and do not provide the complete details of your sons or daughters of your previous marriage while preparing a prenuptial agreement,the lawyer can prepare a prenuptial agreement only on the basis of the available information.But due to the nondisclosure of all facts, both of you may suffer from protracted divorce proceedings in future,spending your precious time and hard earned money.In the process, any one of you may even get heavily indebted.
Similarly while filing divorce proceeding against your spouse,you have to provide complete and factual information to your lawyer without omitting even a single episode of your life.It is up to your lawyer to sift the required materials for your case.Otherwise, though you may prefer no fault divorce proceeding against your spouse, your lawyer may be taken by surprise in the court of law through some other additional facts revealed by the lawyer of your spouse which may act as a hindrance in the way of no fault divorce proceedings and you may have to run from pillar to post to get divorced from your spouse.There is also a possibility that you may even lose your case.
Therefore, you should make it a policy that you should always approach your lawyer with all your sincerity and honesty and whatever you say to your lawyer in the course of your consultation is nothing but truth and your hands are blemish less.Your sincere and honest approach will put you in the high esteem of your lawyer, besides facilitating trouble free and easy judicial proceedings in future.