What the truth is


The truth is hard to find as there are many versions of what is perceived to be the truth. It’s a strange subject to introduce into a consumer advice website however, very much on point.

The first fact is those who look, listen and advise can only offer opinion!

You will have your truth, your adversary will have theirs, their advisors will have formed their truth and hordes of other onlookers will have their truths. They are all forms of truth, but the ‘real’ truth is often illusory. The fact is, to get to the truth is to listen to the subjective statements one presents and then apply to the express documents which flowed from the transaction. You will not get all the evidence at one sitting and the documents may follow after your position has been advanced to your opponent therefore, everyone must concede that they may have mis-heard, mis-understood, mis-interpreted and mis-judged.

Many regale, promote and proclaim that they have the truth, are in the know and will deliver the truth always, but that is a position which can land you in trouble. We are all human with flaws, imperfections and need to reflect with the aid of advice.

You will have buyers, sellers, and the dissenters and accordingly each having a bias which adds fuel to the fire. Therefore, receiving and taking advice is very dangerous.

Your advisor must balance what you claim was said against the documented events contained in the expressly worded documents. When this is done your advisor will have more questions and, if your version of events ‘stack up’ then will find ‘on a balance of probability’. If it is favourable and there are few holes in your case, the advice given to you could be very helpful. However, if the advisors are ignorant of the matter at hand and ill informed as to the market place, the law or the concepts, then they could be sending you down a more dangerous road.

The internet does not always help, as it is littered with advertisements, claims, counter claims and unkempt advice. Some websites can be quite helpful, but equally others are very dangerous. If you intend to visit with a re-seller you need to know if they are recommended by others, and if so are those others your opponents?  Is it wise to take the recommendations of your opponents? Are those who are recommending the ones you are enquiring about “gushing about them”, if so, that may be a sign that the recommendation is unsafe.

To give any results of your enquiries a chance, you have to gather facts so that you can consider them and to do that you must optimize and use all your senses.

Are you being sold at? Is there hostility in the way they are selling?  Do they seem desperate?  Will they make money from you?  Is it a reasonable sum?  Does it appear reasonable?  Are their fees complicated?  Do you fully understand everything you’ve been told?  Are they qualified in the field of expertise you need?  Are they experienced?  Do they use the language of say, ‘a lawyer’, ‘a creditable trader’?  Do you know them?  Do you know where they live and have you visited their office?

All matters that you must consider before instructing them.