A Call for Transparency When Hiring a Lawyer

It’s a simple thing I’m asking for. It’s really a no-brainer, to put it in layman’s terms.

It’s something that attorneys ask for from their clients all the time:

Transparency.

Your lawyer wants full disclosure from you. They want you to hold nothing back. They don’t want to get hit with any surprises in court. That’s the last place they want to learn about something. They want all the knowledge and all the questions ahead of time. Get all the stuff out on the table that has to be dealt with, as bad as bad is, and we’ll formulate a plan to take care of it. That’s what attorneys want from their clients.

I expect nothing less from them.

Transparency.

I want full disclosure from attorneys. I want to know what they might be hiding away in their past that they don’t want the public to know or talk about. Go ahead and make me sign an NDA (a non-disclosure agreement) about the nasty stuff, and I will. But I want to know the good, the bad and the ugly.

Has an attorney had a bankruptcy in his or her past? I want to know. Do they have any sort of arrest record or criminal record? I want to know. Have they ever had a lien placed on them? I want to know. And I shouldn’t have to go digging around doing background checks on them. They should disclose those kinds of things to me confidentially, before we shake hands and enter into a business partnership.
There oughta be a law. Seriously.

If you’re sitting in front of an attorney, it’s usually for a life-changing reason. You want – you NEED – all the facts on the table so you can make an informed decision. Perhaps you’re dealing with your own bankruptcy, your own arrest, your own civil suit, a personal injury, or whatever it might be. You should know what lurks in your attorney’s background that might become an issue as you pursue your own course of legal action. There should be no surprises from your legal team.

Isn’t that fair? Isn’t that a no-brainer?

Transparency.

I just want full disclosure all the way around.

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