Court is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s long. It’s expensive. It’s stressful. And sometimes, it can even be boring.
If you have to go to court, you need to prepare yourself. After all, court is expensive. And the longer it takes for your case to finalize, the more money you will end up spending. So in order for you to create a smooth trial, the following tips will help you get your ducks in a row.
Talk openly and honestly with your lawyer.
The very first thing you need to do is talk openly and honestly with your lawyer. Be upfront about everything they need to know regarding the case. For example, if you are in divorce court and you had an affair, tell your lawyer. If you don’t tell him, and this information comes out later, it will only prolong the trial. The more honest information you can share with your lawyer up front, the better it will be for you in the long run. After all, it’s this information your lawyer is going to use to help you, so give him the information he needs to make the best plays.
You should also talk with your lawyer about how he believes the trial will go. This will help you mentally prepare for what’s ahead, and it will help you learn what information you may need to gather in order to help the case move quickly.
Make copies of important documents.
Every aspect of your history is going to come up during the proceeding, so do your own homework and make copies of important documents. This can include anything from bank statements to birth certificates and everything in between.
If you are in a divorce trial and you’re trying to arrange custody of your children, try to find any document that proves your qualifications as a parent. The more documents you have to prove your side, the better your case will be.
Create an inventory of your assets.
If you are going through a divorce, it’s important you take inventory of your assets. This includes taking photographs of your assets as well as the estimated value of each. This will allow your lawyer as well as the judge to have accurate information that needs to be distributed between you and your spouse. In some cases, it may even be ideal for you to get real appraisals on items to prove their value.
Be on your best behavior.
Going to court can be stressful, but no matter what happens, it’s important you remain on your best behavior. Show up early. Wear nice, clean clothes. Be polite to the judge. And never let your emotions get the best of you. If you act out in any way, it could have a negative impact on the outcome of the proceedings, and you don’t want an error in judgment to define your entire future.