LPT: when dealing with lawyers, tell them everything. Lawyers can only assist you with the information you give them, and trying to hide something from them can make your situation far worse. This is especially true with situations where you need to declare past convictions, or drugs.

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Oh, sweet Jesus. I was a lawyer a million years ago. I had a family law client. A father wanting visitation rights in a divorce. We go to a temporary hearing for visitation. I had two interviews. Anything I should know? No, I’m a good father. I love my kids. There’s nothing that would keep me from seeing my kids. The first question out of the opposing attorney: isn’t it true sir, that you were fired from you’re last job for embezzlement? Answer: yes. Question: And isn’t it true, sir, that you embezzled that money to pay for your cocaine addiction. Answer: yes. Needless to say, I lost the hearing. My client: I didn’t think it was important. This is one of the many reasons I’m no longer an attorney.


Just make sure they’re your lawyers. Don’t just tell every lawyer everything, that’s asking for problems.


Lawyer here. So much this. I can’t tell you how many times I had clients tell me that they would test clean, stand up in court and argue strongly on their behalf, then get the drug test. If I know you’re going to piss dirty, I can spin it in front of the judge. I can’t do that if I’ve just said that you’re the reincarnation of Mother Teresa.


Tell your computer guy everything. We’ll find out anyway.


It depends on if it’s your personal lawyer. I do not mean in the way someone else in this thread say “don’t just tell every lawyer everything”. I mean, you may be in a situation where a lawyer is provided to you and it seems that they are your personal lawyer, but they aren’t. For example, if you’re part of an investigation at your company, the company may hire lawyers who may question you. There, you need to know that the lawyers work for the company, not you, and only have the interest of that company in mind. Occasionally, a company might hire a lawyer to be your personal lawyer, but it’s very rare. Most likely, you’ll want to consider having your own personal lawyer even if the company has one. The company’s lawyer does not have an attorney-client privilege with you, and anything you tell them they can report to the company.