Lawyers have a bad reputation. Some deservedly so.
But a good rule of thumb is to not pull tricks.
I was representing a client when they called in a panic around noon during the week. The alarm was going off at the house. I told them to call the police and go check on the house.
The police responded and cleared the home. Upon inspection, my client discovered the back door was kicked in, the phone lines cut and just about everything that could be moved was, including the dishwasher.
The client called me asking if she should report a robbery. So, dear reader, you are wondering why is this client calling me? Well, just a few days prior the client’s spouse was served with a complaint for divorce and a request for temporary relief. I informed my client that she had in fact not been “robbed,” but that her husband had hired a local attorney. She asked me if that attorney had called or filed something. No. I could tell by her spouse’s actions who he had hired.
It was discouraging and disheartening, but alas, apparently not illegal. However, we had a temporary hearing soon thereafter and everything taken that should not have been had to be returned and the damages caused and expenses related to his conduct were reimbursed. It gave no tactical advantage and made the other client and opposing lawyer look like jerks in front of the judge.
Similarly, clients have the option of pulling tricks. Misrepresenting the facts, creating circumstances that make the other party look bad and knowing the other’s dirt may allow for a temporary advantage that could backfire. Also, if you know it’s bad advice, you don’t have to take it.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and strives to give good advice and not pull dirty tricks.
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