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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter can sink your case!

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Nov 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Social media is a modern day miracle. Now, anyone with an internet connection and smartphone can stay in contact with friends and family anywhere and in any country. As of 2015, 1.49 Billion people were on Facebook each month and 300 Million were on Instagram. There are also negative effects of these new tools that can harm your family law, divorce or other litigation case.

How does this affect my divorce or custody case?

Posts can harm your case depending on their nature. You can certainly bet that your soon to be ex or his/her attorney has looked you up on one or all of the social medial platforms looking for evidence that can be used to their advantage and your disadvantage.

Social Media and other electronic discovery can and will be allowed into evidence under certain conditions. That means that those words or pictures you post online may be sought by opposing counsel in your case.

How to not get discovered or not diminish your case:

  • Check the privacy setting on your profile and adjust them to prevent unwanted viewer from seeking it;
  • Do not post anything to your profile that discusses your lawsuit and related content;
  • May sure your profile does not include photos posted by you or your friends that show you in a negative or compromising situation (drinking, dangerous activities, etc.)
  • Do not accept "friend" requests from people you do not know. It may be someone working for the opposing side attempting to get incriminating evidence that harm your case; and
  • Check your "friend" list. If you don't know someone on the list, remove them from it.

About the Author

Christopher Holwell

Christopher W. Holwell Attorney/Principal 9 years with Holwell Group, LLC/Law Offices of Christopher W. Holwell 19 years as a trial attorney for Divorce, Real Estate, Insurance Coverage, and Injury. One of my biggest accomplishments in a divorce case was getting a multi-million dollar settlement from a spouse that was not disclosing several million dollars in assets. In addition, I was able to get the other spouse to fully fund the one child's college education as part of the settlement. Another of my biggest accomplishments in an injury case was procuring a several hundred thousand dollar settlement for my 14-year-old client who suffered a knee injury during an after school athletic program. I was able to get all interested parties to set aside funds for the client's college fund in case his athletic scholarship was affected. I am constantly attending Continuing Legal Education seminars to stay up to date on any changes in the law that might affect any of my clients. My primary areas of practice are Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate, and Insurance Litigation. Most of my clients are concerned with what to do or what not to do when the first come to see me for a consultation or appointment. Their next concern is usually financial; what are they going to do now? How are they going to survive? I tell each client, based on their unique situation, what their options are and what will happen next. I am there for them from start to finish. The best part of my job is doing the work the client is too upset to do. While I understand the emotional roller-coaster clients go through, my experience allows me to step outside the emotion point of view, and use the law and facts to benefit my clients to the best of my ability. I was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was raised in Bridgeview up until college and now live in Lake County, Illinois with my family (my wife and three children.) I still have family in Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park. A little-known fact about me is that I love astronomy and anything to do with the stars and planets. In my free time, I tend to read a lot, usually late at night and play with my children and new Newfoundland puppy, Indy (Indiana Jones) I am admitted to practice law in Illinois and all Federal Courts including the Supreme Court of the Untied States of America. I treat my clients like friends. You can reach me at: (312) 648-6115 [email protected] [email protected] Linkedin: Christopher W. Holwell Facebook: Holwell Law Group, LLC


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