Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]In real estate, the accepted mantra in determining the value of a home or piece of property is location, location, location.  In litigation and the trial of a case, the mantra is credibility, credibility, credibility.  Credibility is king.  More than any other variable, the perception of a party’s credibility determines the success or failure in any case. What does this mean to you? Credibility is defined by Merriam – Webster Dictionary as “the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest”.  Additional definitions include “the quality or power of inspiring belief”; “capacity for belief”.  How can you, a prospective party to a case, establish or create credibility.  One thing is clear.  Credibility cannot be created on the day of trial or at the time of deposition.  Credibility cannot be created at the time of an initial visit to a lawyer.  If a client waits until these points in time, it is likely too late. Credibility must be established at the time of the event for which you seek a lawyer’s help.  Everything you do or say once an incident has occurred helps to establish or tear down your credibility.  The one question which must be asked is:  “would I want to defend this action (what I said or did) in front of a judge or jury?” In times of stress or conflict, it is easy to lash out or communicate with anger or in an angry tone.  Every communication – be it verbal, writing, email or text – has the potential to set the tone for how you will be viewed by the decision makers in...