Sometimes potential clients will come to me with documents already prepared. Many times they will have yellow highlights, written notes, comments, thoughts, cross-referencing to other documents and other “blemishes.” Is this a good idea? While some attorneys might disagree with me, I both love it and hate it. What? Why do I say that?
I hate it when clients write on the originals. Then they are of limited use as exhibits at trial etc. I need the original without your thoughts and opinions which are meant for your lawyer. So please DON’T WRITE ON THE ORIGINALS.
DO write on copies. I love it when you write on copies because then I have your thoughts and opinions and can tell what is important to you. It also lets me see how analytical you are, how reasonable you will be, and how clearly you think and write. That helps me understand if we would be a good team for your litigation.
BOTTOM LINE: MAKE COPIES AND WRITE ON THE COPIES. BUT PROTECT THE ORIGINALS LIKE THE PRECIOUS THINGS THEY ARE.