Just the Facts: In a Legal Dispute, Opinions and Feelings Should Not Cloud the Facts

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire

In today’s polarized climate, strong feelings about an issue can result in a lot of heated arguments and opposing viewpoints.  Charged personal opinions or news headlines with accusations can make conclusions based on opinion, and is frequently subject to debate.  While this can create some interesting discussions, or even ruin relationships, more often than not the issues are complex, the facts are sometimes hard to come by, and in the end there may not be a resolution.

Courts in legal disputes do not have the luxury of accepting opinions and feelings as facts, as they are charged with crafting a resolution in a dispute.  As attorneys representing clients in court, while there can be strong feelings and opinions on both sides, the parties are constrained by facts and evidence that is admissible in court.  While a legal complaint or a witness may make a sweeping allegation or come to the conclusion that they were wronged by the offending party, and that they are entitled to relief from the Judge or jury, it is the facts that support that allegation which will be crucial to proving who will prevail.  Eyewitnesses, documents, emails, signed contracts, and sometimes expert witnesses on each side will determine who will win in court.  As attorneys, it is our duty to present the strongest and most persuasive argument possible based upon the admissible evidence, and the Judge and jury are instructed to make a ruling based on that evidence, and only that evidence.  So while that opinionated relative who comes over during the holidays may create a heated debate among family members, that relative’s strongly worded opinions will likely not be allowed in court.  Although following the rules of evidence may seem complicated and frustrating at times, it is a process developed over hundreds of years to maintain fairness in the legal system, and lawyers are well trained to navigate this system.

The attorneys at the Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP have extensive experience in representing clients in Court to resolve legal problems.  Have a question or potential legal problem and want to learn about more ways to protect yourself and your family?   If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see an attorney, please contact Matthew Fry, Esquire at the Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP at 610-565-5700 or email at [email protected].

The Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP is a full-service law firm in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We strive to help people, businesses and institutions throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania solve legal problems – and even prevent legal problems before they occur.  To learn more about the full range of our specific practice areas, please visit www.dioriosereni.com or contact Matthew Fry, Esquire at 610-565-5700 or at [email protected]

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