A little creative storytelling never hurt anyone, right? When it comes to your attorney, you may be hurting your chances for a successful claim or defense.
Imagine your attorney as the boxer you send into the ring to fight on your behalf. Your attorney has trained and prepared for your big rumble. She uses evidence to knock the other fighter on their heels. She bobs and weaves to avoid the devastating blows that will be thrown throughout your case. Now imagine halfway through the match, you send your fighter into the ring blindfolded. There is no way for her to see the punches coming, and before the referee can call it, your fighter is TKO’d with a solid barrage of left hooks. What are those left hooks? The information you chose not to disclose to your attorney and she is blindfolded because she had no way of preparing for the left hook.
Keep in mind; you have hired the attorney to represent you in your legal matter. That means she is bound by a legal duty to effectively navigate the legal ring with your interests in mind. Within the attorney-client relationship, you are protected by attorney-client privilege, which means that communications between you and your attorney, related to your representation, are confidential. The idea behind this protection is to reinforce your confidence in your attorney and your attorney’s confidence in you. Family law, by its very nature, opens up our homes and lays bare the intimate details of our bedrooms. This can be scary even for the most unabashed among us. Your attorney’s job is to leave judgment to the judge, and your job is to tell your attorney the relevant facts and details. Your attorney has trained to wade through the details to find the items that will help or hurt your case. They can extract those items that will build a strong defense or counter-argument when those details look like they will TKO your claim. The fact is: your attorney can’t prepare for what she doesn’t know about. So don’t be shy, spill the beans and give your case a fighting chance.