If you’ve ever been involved in a family law case then you’ve dealt with someone lying.
Clients, witnesses and even lawyers sometimes lie. It could be a little white lie or a huge whopper. A former CIA officer said to watch out for these cues that you might be being lied to;
The Eyes Tell the Tale. When asked a question the witness looks up, closes their eyes or looks down, especially on a question they should know.
Shielding the Face. When speaking the person have their hand in front of their eyes or mouth.
Verbal Answer/Body Language Disagree. The best example of this was when the deponent was asked if she was having an affair. She said, “No,” but shook her head Yes. When confronted with this she spilled the beans.
The Delayed Response. Some things you should not have to think about.
Fidgeting. Messing with your hair, your cup, or your pen when answering.
Nose Grows. Think Pinocchio. Very rare*
Want to know more about lies and the people that tell them? Try these;
When are the Times When you NEED a Response Ready to Go?
When you are first meeting with the attorney and are not ready to disclose that to the other side. Have a story ready. If you are a terrible liar also take a short shopping trip or have lunch with someone so you can truthfully say that is what you were doing.
When you are investigating/following/checking up on the other side. Have a story ready for when you get spotted. I use several PIs for various aspects of what I do. They always have a detailed, believable cover story ready to explain their presence.
When you are not ready to “Show your Cards.” The other side wants to create a ceiling for what you want out of the divorce and you are not ready to say what you want. Have some response ready, however.
Should you lie? No. Are there times when it is in your own best interest to do so? You better believe it!
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi. Follow the blog: #BowTieLawyerVisit the website: #Thompson Law FirmYou may also contact Matthew with your family law matter or question at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms
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