A good lawyer will remind you that possession is nine-tenths of the law. The best lawyer, the one you want to represent you and your firm as the one who is fully conversant with the other tenth and may remind you of the origin of the word ‘decimate’.
As a form of punishment for a large group of Roman soldiers, one out of ten would be selected by a lottery system and executed.
If you must or should take legal action there are three important questions:
- Odds of winning in court (nothing is 100%).
- The ‘value’ of winning. You may have a judgment, but are there assets that can be turned into cash?
- Will the action, whether you win/lose, collect or don’t, enhance or devalue your reputation.
The last question is important but often overlooked, falling perhaps within the important ten per-cent. Famous football coach Vincent Lombardi did say that “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing!” the most important thing – it is the only thing!”
In later years, Lombardi admitted making the statement but had the courage to revisit his most famous quote, “What I should have said was Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”.
We want the money and we want to win…knowing what constitutes a ‘win’ for us needs our utmost consideration.