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Honesty and the Law: Why Honesty is So Important in the Attorney-Client Relationship

Most would argue that in any relationship, honesty is very important. The attorney-client relationship is no different. You must feel like your attorney is being honest with you and in return be completely honest with them.

Find an honest attorney 

People have a misconception that lawyers are sneaky and dishonest. This could be because only the bad lawyers are talked about in the news or on TV, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, there are shady lawyers, but there are plenty of truthful lawyers that will work honestly with you to help settle your case. For your attorney-client relationship to work, you must trust who you are working with. The best way to do this is to talk to other clients, read testimonials, and don’t settle on the first lawyer you talk to. If you don’t feel comfortable, look for someone else.

Be honest with your attorney

Being honest with your attorney is crucial to your case. Because of attorney-client privilege, anything you say to your attorney will stay between the two of you. Some things might be hard to admit to yourself, let alone someone else, but being dishonest with your lawyer will not only hurt you but also them.

Most of the time, your attorney will know some of the questions that the opposing lawyer is going to ask and needs to know how you’re going to answer them. If you don’t tell him truthfully, then the opposing counsel might bring something up that blindsides them at trial. If that happens, not only will it hurt your case, but you likely won’t have a great relationship with your lawyer moving forward. 


Honesty in the attorney-client relationship hinges on good communication. Communication is another very important aspect of this relationship. If your lawyer reaches out to you, it’s important that you get back to them as soon as possible. If you can’t get them what they need right away, at least call to tell them you got the message and you’re working on it. This will ensure that no one’s time is wasted, and the relationship will be better for it.

You should be able to trust the attorney taking care of your case. We take honesty in our attorney-client relationships very seriously. If you need a great lawyer, contact us today!

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