Gather the facts. Assume nothing. Verify everything. An attorney sits across from a witness asking about events that occurred a few days, weeks, or months before. Although the methods for doing legal research have changed enormously, fact investigation (largely through interviewing) is still in many ways the same. Whether the matter is civil or criminal litigation or a transactional matter, the lawyer needs to know the facts to evaluate options for a client and advise on the risks and rewards of each option.
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