Most people trust their lawyers and often share with them crucial information to help them win their lawsuits.
Although a vast majority of lawyers are professional and trustworthy, few can sell you out. This means that the lawyer reveals damaging information about your case or deliberately weakens your case to help the opposing party have the upper hand.
Your lawyer is supposed to be 100% loyal and honest to you. But how can you know if your lawyer is selling you out? This article will give you tips on how to know if your lawyer is selling you out.
Here are 8 Ways That Confirm Your Lawyer is Selling You Out
There are many ways of knowing if your lawyer is selling you out to the opposing party. However, the most obvious way to know if your lawyer has sold you out is if they suddenly change their legal strategy without informing or explaining to you.
1. Your lawyer suddenly changes his legal tactics.
One of the red flags that indicate your lawyer has sold you out if he suddenly changes his legal tactics.
Remember that when you hired the lawyer, he sat down with you and crafted a strategy for handling your case. But if your lawyer suddenly changes his legal tactics without informing you and becomes more lenient to the opposing party, the chances are that he has sold you out.
Your lawyer is not supposed to change his legal tactics without your approval. If he does, then there is something fishy.
2. The lawyer is missing court dates with or without reason.
Your lawyer is supposed to attend all your court proceedings without fail. If he fails to attend, then he is giving the opposing party an upper hand.
If your lawyer is no longer interested in your case or has sold you out, he will start missing your court dates without any valid reason or give you lame excuses. If your lawyer keeps failing to attend your court dates, the chances are that he is doing it intentionally to compromise your case.
3. The lawyer is not taking your briefing.
Before making any crucial decision or before the lawyer attends a court proceeding on a given date, he is supposed to brief you on your case’s status and his legal strategies to help you win the lawsuit.
If your lawyer used to brief/ confer with you to prepare you for the next court date but suddenly changed his tactics and stopped briefing you, the chances are that he has sold you out. Case briefing is essential. It helps you know your case’s status and gives you a chance to voice your opinion on how you want things done in the future.
A regular briefing also assures you that you are in total control. So, if your lawyer is not taking your briefing, the chances are that he has or planning to sell you out.
4. Your lawyer starts praising the opposing party.
The last thing to hear from your lawyer is him praising the opposing party. That is a sign that he has given up on your case, or he is planning to sell you out. Your lawyer should be 100% committed to your case and do all he can to ensure that your side is better than the opposing party. If the lawyer suddenly starts to praise the opposing party and shows little interest in your case, then that should worry you because he might be selling you out.
5. There is a sudden drop in enthusiasm.
Another red flag that indicates that your lawyer is selling you out is a sudden drop in enthusiasm. Your lawyer’s intensity about your case should remain the same from the day you hire him until the day you finish the court process. For instance, if your lawyer used to brief you regularly and attended all your court dates, but with time, the intensity dropped, then something is not right. If there is a sudden drop in enthusiasm, then he may be selling you out.
6. If the lawyer suddenly starts talking of compromise.
If your lawyer has suggested that you settle for a lower amount or lower your stance in favor of the opposing party, the chances are that he is selling you out. For instance, if you have been injured and seeking compensation for the other party’s negligence, then your lawyer suddenly suggests that you lower your stance and settle for a low amount; the chances are that he is selling you out. Your lawyer should not suggest that you compromise unless there is a valid reason.
7. The lawyer is not objecting.
If your lawyer is not raising objections to or not challenging the opposing lawyer in court, the chances are that he is selling you out. The lawyer not raising objections to serious issues in court means that he is not well prepared and deliberates, weakening your case in favor of the opposing party.
8. The lawyer does not use evidence properly.
Your lawyer is supposed to use all evidence gathered to make your case strong. If the lawyer suddenly changes tactics and stops giving your supporting witness a chance to share their story to make your case strong, then he is deliberately weakening your case. Additionally, if you feel that the material evidence at hand is not being used properly in court, the chances are that the lawyer is selling you out.
From the above article, the lawyer you have entrusted to represent you in court can turn against you and start working with the opposing party to weaken your case. My advice to you is not to trust your lawyer with everything.
It is important to closely follow your case and attend all your court dates personally or send someone you trust. This will help keep your lawyer in line. It will also help you notice any deviation early and act before it is too late.