It is important to be completely honest and thorough when discussing your case with your attorney. Your attorney can only help you if he knows all the facts, good and bad, regarding your case. You must realize there may be important issues presented by your case that you aren’t even aware of. Your attorney must know these up front so they can adequately prepare for all contingencies. You could be at serious legal risk about an issue you don’t even realize exists. If you don’t discuss them with your attorney, how will you know? Worse yet, if your attorney does not know all the facts, he or she may be blindsided by an issue at the worse time. This never bodes well for the client.
Never make assumptions about the law which applies to your case. The law shows you’ve seen on TV are rarely accurate, and just because you’ve “seen it on TV,” doesn’t mean it is correct, or even “legal.” The only way you know this is to talk it over with a qualified attorney.
Sometimes new issues will pop up after your case is started. If they do, it is important to advise your attorney and discuss them, so that you know the potential legal consequences to you. Remember that your attorney can only advise you on matters you tell him/her about, so it is essential that you provide complete information about your case.
Remember, you and your attorney are working as a team. That means good communication and a clear understanding of each person’s assignments is essential.