February, the season of love. With Valentine’s Day just behind us, I am sure your relationship with your lawyer was exactly what you were thinking about! All kidding aside, the relationship between a lawyer and her client is a sacred one and one that is so important it is extensively governed by the North Carolina State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct as to what you must, can and cannot do. The lawyer-client relationship is so important and revered that it has a privilege that while not absolute, is treated with the utmost care and respect. Just like in any relationship, one of the most crucial factors between a lawyer and her client is communication. Communication is key to understanding all aspects of the case from both a factual and legal perspective. If either party holds anything back or is not 100% honest with the other, it can have a detrimental effect on your case—no matter what type of case it is.