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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Negotiating Settlements

You’ve probably been negotiating with the other side since before the lawsuit was filed. Now it’s time to step back and let the lawyers do the talking. In fact, once the other side has a lawyer, you shouldn’t communicate with the other side except through the lawyer. If you have a lawyer, too, then don’t communicate except through both lawyers. For one thing, it’s what you’re paying them for; for another, it keeps a record of what’s been going on and makes it difficult for the other side to make a false claim as to what was said. It’s your responsibility to let the lawyer know what you can afford and what you’re interested in getting from the settlement, and let the lawyer go from there. The lawyer has a responsibility ...

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