Clients sometimes want to create a new reality. They do this by not telling the lawyer the truth or all the facts. They hope it gets hidden that way. I tell everyone I need to know exactly what happened.. I am a really good lawyer according to my peers and clients, and I can deal with the worst facts. I cannot make chicken salad out of everything, but I can keep us from getting splattered with the alternative. I don’t want your family to be embarrassed about what may come out in court. I can control the narrative much of the time.
I understand that you may be reluctant to tell me all the bad stuff the first time we meet. Just call me back and say “Gary, I should have told you…..” I am good with that. I tell clients that when the case is over I get to leave, the complete truth helps insure that you leave with me. It is all privileged- between you and me. By the way there is NOTHING that you can tell me that would shock or surprise me. Just trust me is all I ask. I will give you the best advice to deal with the case, give me the most accurate information to help you and to give you that advice.