Navigating a legal proceeding against a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath is not easy. This is because narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths typically refuse settlement offers and welcome litigation. It is important to hire an experienced attorney to represent you against a mentally ill adversary. Read on to learn more about how to navigate a legal proceeding when a narcissist, sociopath or psychopath is an adversary.
Predict What the Adverse Party May Do or Say in Court
The first thing you should do in navigating a legal proceeding against a narcissist is to predict what he/she may do or say in court. This will give you an overall framework for gathering evidence to contest his/her accusations. Read the opposing party’s complaint to obtain a general overview of the issues raised.
Once you identify all of the issues, think about the different discovery tools that can be utilized to gather evidence to contest each one. Consult with an experienced attorney right away to begin the discovery process. An attorney will know which questions to ask to obtain information.
When dealing with a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath, it is best to limit direct communication with him/her. As an experienced attorney, I am strategic with all requests to the opposing party. I understand that such people often refuse to hand over critical information. I am savvy in using an assortment of legal tools to get the information I need to win my client’s case.
Take Control of Your Case with Assertiveness and Strategic Thinking
You must strategically work with your attorney when gathering evidence to support your position. Hire an attorney who is experienced in litigating cases involving sociopaths. I often tell my clients to limit direct communications with the narcissist. Narcissists and sociopaths seek to control all aspects of a situation. When you refuse to argue with him/her, or acknowledge his/her presence, this defeats him/her mentally. It also ensures you remain in control of your case. Strategic thinking is necessary if you want to defuse conflicts and obtain the information you need to prevail in your proceeding.
Work with your attorney to set parameters regarding communicating with the opposing party. You must stick to the plan the two of you develop. Deviating from the plan could potentially impact your position.
Choose a Lawyer Who Understands Your Case and Exemplifies the Traits You Need
Hire an attorney who is highly experienced in litigating against psychopaths. The attorney will know which tactics to utilize to obtain favorable results on her client’s behalf. When dealing with a narcissist, the attorney must not give into his/her delusion of superiority. Most narcissists are arrogant and seek self-admiration. An experienced attorney can identify such traits and use it to her advantage. Contact my law office for legal representation.
Avoid Pitfalls Inherent in Emails and Social Networking Websites
Do not blab about your lawsuit online. This includes emails to family members and friends regarding your case or social media updates. Electronic correspondence can be used against you in court. Even after your case is settled, refrain from discussing any details related to your case online.
Gain Confidence and Assume the Position of Power Instead of Victimization
Attend support groups offered by the local courthouse or library. These groups provide extensive information on how to prevail in legal matters. Such groups will give you a boost of confidence in navigating through legal proceedings.
I invite you to contact my law office to discuss how to navigate a legal proceeding when a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath is an adversary. I can represent you and provide you with legal guidance on how to proceed through the legal system.