One of my two year old daughter’s favorite pastimes during her visits to my office is using my highlighters to draw colorful images on copier paper. I am not sure if she has much talent, but as a father, I think they are wonderful.M/p>
Whilst developing her artistic skills she noticed me shredding some documents and became fascinated with the process, so much so that she presented me with her latest master piece to put into the shredder. I tried to explain that this was not a good idea and that it would be gone if we carried out her request, but she insisted. So, I carefully placed the master piece into the shredder and we both watched as it was slowly devoured by the mechanism.
The shear thrill on my daughters face was a picture in itself. However, once the show was over, she wanted her picture back. As I explained to her that the picture was gone and she could not get it back I witnessed her face slowly change from excitement, into expectation and then to total disaster. Even though I had forewarned her that the exercise could not be reversed, she still thought that everything would be OK and that it could all be put right.
My heart broke as she sobbed in my arms for a good 10 minutes. Thankfully, at the age of 2, a good hug can fix a multitude of problems. But as we grow up, a hug, a block of chocolate or even a nice cup of tea really won’t fix the issues we can find ourselves facing.
Before you throw yourself into the “legal shredder” carefully consider whether you need someone to look over your shoulder to discuss the risks of those choices. In making a quick decision because you "needed to do something", your actions in haste could affect you or your loved ones.
For peace of mind seek advice from a professional, with help regarding your initial reaction, signing a form or making a plea and even fighting a criminal charge.
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Be safe and save the heartbreak that could follow a wrong decision.