When asked why our law firm has had so many successes, we often answer that the case would not have been possible had the client not collaborated with us. The truth is that a cooperative client is imperative in furtherance of any good case. Your lawyer will be expecting you to be candid with him and also to disclose as much facts as possible.
Indeed, more evidence and facts that we have on the case, better are our chances to succeed. Facts are so important that someone said that law students should not go to “law” but to “facts” school. If you are able to get your facts right, it is easier for your lawyer to assess your case and eventually probably win the case. Therefore, first rule never omit any facts from your lawyer.
Indeed, the popular belief that lawyers “make up a story” is wrong. As lawyers we are officers of the court, we are not allowed to “make up stories”. Our job is to look at the circumstances and then try our best to protect, defend or advance on a case.
This article is limited in scope as to advise a potential client how he or she can help in building his or her own case.
How can I help my lawyer?
1. Give your lawyer all the facts and do not omit any of them. Note that if you are telling one thing and want the lawyer to tell something else, the lawyer will not be able to take your case.
2. Never underestimate your adversary. Whether it is the immigration services, the FBI, plaintiff or defendants, you have to be prepared that the other side as prepared and better prepared than you.
3. Do not rely on the advice on non lawyers especially consultants. Unless licensed to practice law, they are not allowed to give legal advices.
4. Be realistic! Do not expect similar outcomes because you read about a similar case on the news or your friends believe that you have a big case.
5. Do not lie to your lawyer. It always backfires.
6. If you are not sure about something, make sure you disclose you are not sure about it.
7. Your attorney is supposed to decide on legal issues and strategize your case, do not force your attorney to take steps that the attorney believes are unlawful or improbable. The attorney might have to withdraw on your case.
8. Do not try to influence or intimidate witnesses.
9. Communicate frequently with your lawyer to know the status of your case.
10. Do not fail to pay your lawyer. Just like any other job, lawyer practice for a living.
We have tried to compile only few things that you might want to do in order to help your case. There are many other things that are important when you are represented by counsel. Remember you have a lawyer for a reason. Make sure you collaborate with your lawyer to get the best outcome on your case.