Often, in litigation matters, clients are concerned about what happens in court or mediation. However, it is often the “little things” that happen outside of court that can cause bigger problems for the client and their case. The list below is just a few pointers to assist a litigant during the pendency of a case.
1. Be careful with (or quit altogether) social media
Social media is a part of many people’s daily lives. Wanting to check updates or write updates about your life is pervasive throughout today’s society. However, when you are involved in litigation, it is imperative to be extra careful about what you say or post, or to be safe, it can be best to quit/suspend social media altogether. Words can be taken out of context or said in anger that can potentially be used against you in Court. The same is true with pictures. Take a break from social media during litigation, and avoid a potential problem later on during your case.
2. Keep communications in writing, if possible
By memorializing communications in writing, you may help protect yourself and your interests in Court. For example, oftentimes, with divorce and custody cases, parents are to notify each other of doctor’s appointments for the children. If you email the other parent, there will be a time and date stamp that can be referenced if this notification becomes an issue and a possible chain of responses and communication. If communication is by telephone or text, the information may not be properly tracked, and may be lost. Communications in writing keep information clearer for all parties, and can be of assistance in Court or otherwise.
3. Keep in touch with your attorney
Communication between attorney and client is of the upmost importance in litigation. Oftentimes, there is an issue that requires immediate attention due to being time sensitive or otherwise. If you move or change email addresses, notify your attorney as soon as possible. This allows them to keep in contact and keeps you involved in your case. Additionally, if something adverse happens, contact your attorney. The more your attorney knows, the more he or she is able to assist you and prepare the best case for you.
We hope that this blog post about general tips to avoid pitfalls in litigation has been informative. This is not intended to be legal advice. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. practices throughout the state of Indiana. This blog post was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.