There is a quote somewhere that says..."The Truth is what you Believe it to be." Google will tell you that there are variations of this phrase. The "truth" may be because if a lie is repeated often enough...to the "story teller," it becomes the truth.
We can see this "not so glowing" phrase in action every day....often without knowing it. In "Cyberspace" it is easy to take on a different personna...to claim to be licensed, experienced, a team leader, landlord...have imaginary listings and expertise...most often these things will go unverified and even more "stories" are built on the foundation of these lies.
Working with both divorce and estates..versions of "the truth" can vary. There will always be "he said/she said"...or the "Mom always liked me best...she would want..." kind of perspective. Those are typical examples of the truth being exactly as one believes it to be. Exaggerating credentials and expertise online or off is an out right lie and some of the people will be fooled some of the time....until the expertise is put to the test or other people are asked to verify it. Then it disappears and the severe consequence to be paid is more and more people not wishing to believe anything the "story teller" has to say.
When there have been "fabricated truths" in all things legal...the consequences are more severe....and expensive. The jewelry of Mom's that was sworn "to be missing"....the family heirloom that must have been "misplaced"...when these stories are told to the lawyer who represents the Storyteller....and later found to be "stories" and not the truth...the Lawyer must ethically resign the case and the Storyteller must hire other representation. This of course results in more legal fees...for both parties as the new legal representative becomes familiar with the case.
The consequence of being less than honest online may not be as "legally severe". You can't however...we believe, put a price on reputation....the lies will create one you won't want to own.
We are cautious in our real estate practice...we are wary on line of what we choose to accept as "truth"..third party verification is sometimes the "truth barometer" that is required to learn the realities of a situation.
This has been a professional experience post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty honored to be of service for all things real estate in Southeastern Wisconsin.