It looks like tax documents popping up in discovery will show tax evasion for a defendant. I am the plaintiff and want the defendant to settle. Can I mention to the defendant that one of the benefits of settling for him is that any incriminating evidence that suggests tax evasion on his part will be kept private? Or is this unethical?
It is not unethical, it is unlawful. So, what is that going to do to future money your ex might owe you!
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If the defendant has a lawyer your offer is not meaningful because the lawyer will likely require a confidentiality agreement as part of any settlement.
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It is shady. If you are an attorney, it is unethical. ... threatening criminal consequences to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.
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