Another piece of content by another lawyer I just read was talking about social media posts and how they can harm you in court.
That's fine. That can be true.
What I caught though, was that the law office indicated that the other party's attorney can go through your social media postings.
Ok. That can be true again.
Thing is, social media postings (like other pieces of things that may be desired to be used as evidence) must be verified before they can be considered admissible. It's up to each court's jurisdiction on what is considered to be "verified."
You can save on the billable hours an attorney may charge you by gathering these social media posts yourself.
The original piece of content just left the impression that gathering evidence of social media postings is one of the lawyer's job duties.
Keep in mind, if you allow an attorney to do this on your behalf, you're being charged by the hour at either the attorney's hourly rate or their paralegal's hourly rate.
Many people have lots on social media and that's a lot of billable hours that can rack up pretty fast.
It's better to ask the attorney what's considered "verified" in your area (or you can take the self-help course that teaches you on your own) and then do it yourself so the attorney isn't charging you for them doing it.
Also, some social media postings won't matter.
The only thing that matters is the cause of action (right to sue) on the books and what is needed to prove each element (piece or category of accusation) for that case.
I know this because the self-help course I'm taking shows that to me all at a cost well below the cost of retaining an attorney.
A friend just went to court and as predicted, the judge threw out all the "social media postings" the other party brought -- they weren't applicable to the cause of action.
He freaking out because of the stacks of papers delineating all the postings. Before I would have freaked out to. Not anymore.
I support good attorneys, but I also support every American (and those in other countries with English-based law systems) learning these things for themselves.
People learning for themselves and working with attorneys who accept that make for a much more balanced experience.
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