If You Ever Hear These Words, Run the Other Way!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Jun 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the many things I have learned during my time as a defense attorney, is that common sense is not so common. I would like to discuss a phrase, that when heard, should make you turn around and run the other way:

“All you have to do is…”

Although most can see the red flags this phrase raises, I have unfortunately seen individuals get into trouble time and time again, all because they have allowed another person to talk them into doing something.

For instance, imagine that you are with an acquaintance, and they have in their possession a check that has been endorsed by another person. You go to the bank or the store, and they say to you, “I have a really easy way for us to make some money. All you have to do is go in and cash this check, and when you come out we can split the money.” If you are ever propositioned like this, the first question that you should ask yourself is, “If it is so easy, then why do they need me to do it?” Why would this person involve you if it means splitting the money?

While this situation might seem like an obvious one to avoid, I have seen this sort of thing play out many times over my career. Whereas you may have good enough judgement to walk away, I urge you to pass this advice along. Because while this advice may not be important for you to hear, it might be for your son, your daughter, your nephew, your cousin, or whoever you pass this along to. When you hear the words, “All you have to do...” run the other way. I would also suggest that if you have a person in your life that would ask you to do something like that, you need to cut that person out immediately. Anyone who would put you in harm's way like that, does not have your best interests at heart.


I hope that this has been helpful. My name is Corey Scott, if you have any questions for me, I would be more than happy to talk to you.

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Corey L. Scott

Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions.  He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis.  It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C.  Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law.  In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


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