You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.
Testifying as a witness can be intimidating and scary. However, you do not have to let it get to you. Your job as a witness is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you are testifying as a witness it is usually because you know something about the case and can help provide factual information. Your job as a witness, however is not to guess, speculate or even give your opinion, usually.
To be a good witness answer the question asked. Answer it with a “yes” or “no” or “I don’t know.” You may explain if you need to. Be direct. It is usually wise to only answer what is asked and it is also wise not to assume “facts” if you do NOT have personal knowledge of the underlying situation.
Also, someone telling you something does not make it a fact within your personal knowledge, even if they seem like they are telling the truth.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and reminds you to stick to the facts, just the facts.
Just because someone files something in Court does not make it so.
Allegations must be proven, by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning more likely than not, or by clear and convincing evidence, which is a much higher burden.
Filing papers is the easy part. Making wild accusations takes little effort. Backing up your claims with corroborating testimony, physical evidence or other support is the hard part.
Before you make a claim think about how you will prove it. Are there witnesses, recordings, photographs, videos, incident reports, police reports, documents or other evidence? If not, perhaps you need to rethink your claim. You may lose credibility with the Court.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and warns you that crying wolf may lead to you getting the result you deserve.
Pride goes before the fall…Proverbs 16:18
In life it can be hard to say “I’m sorry,” but those two little words may save a pile of trouble. We’ve all seen prominent, public figures suffer dramatic falls, all seemingly snowballing from a refusal to apologize. It seems sometimes the trouble starts out small and grows bigger as we try to deflect, blame or hide our actions and point the fingers at others.
Perhaps, it is better to look in the mirror and point the finger.
Say “I’m sorry.” What’s the worst that could happen?
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney and is amazed at the lengths that some will go to not apologize.