Fair Price Legal, Coral Springs, FL. – “Keep what you know to yourself, and you will be safe; talk too much, and you are done for” (Prov. 13:3 Contemporary English Version). In other words, want to increase your chances of “winning” your case? Keep your mouth shut!
Controlling your tongue can save a relationship from turning sour, stop friends from turning into enemies and protect your job. In the courthouse, saying the right thing at the right time or not saying anything at all counts as a virtue, and with good reason! During court hearings, many attorneys watch in disappointment and disbelief as their clients open their mouths and fall headlong into the quicksand of verbal contradictions, chaos, and confusion. Too often, lawyers are helpless witnesses once their client ignores advice, says something they should not have, and then buckles under the ruthless questioning of the opposing attorney or the judge. Speaking your mind is a good personality trait in some instances. Unfortunately, speaking your mind can exceed dangerous levels in the courtroom. People that speak their mind in court or in a legal setting are in the habit of saying too much at the wrong time. Too often people who must speak their minds give their attorneys a hard time because the lawyer is usually asking them not to talk. Attorneys may advise their clients to remain quiet so the client does not suffer embarrassment, get caught in awkward banter or worse, lose their case!
HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE DOS AND DON’TS:
You shell out a good amount of money for an attorney. Follow their advice.
If your lawyer suggests that you let them do the talking, let them.
Keep your comments to yourself unless prompted by your attorney. The attorney does this for a living, and you do not!
Finally, trust your attorney. When they ask you to do something, do it. Remember, they have been there, done that.
Remember, “it is better to remain silent and be thought unintelligent than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
[DISCLAIMER: FAIR PRICE LEGAL DOES NOT PROMOTE ANY RELIGIOUS VIEW OVER THE OTHER. IT IS MERELY PROMOTING THE CLASSIC WISDOM IMPLICIT IN THE ABOVE PROVERB AND THE SIGNIFICANCE IT HAS IN LEGAL PRACTICES.]
Posted on 06/13/2015 at 12:00:00 AM
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