What is My Role and My Attorney's Role in Negotiating Settlement?
There is no black and white rule on this, and it certainly varies depending on the attorney-client relationship. There are two basic principles, though, that are important.
First, you are the one that decides whether you will agree to a settlement. Your attorney cannot, and should not, make that decision for you.
Second, your attorney should be the one making the decisions about strategy and tactics to get to your goal. Certainly you should be able to provide input, but client "scripting" of settlement discussions for an experienced attorney is rarely effective.
Beyond that, the secret to success is open communication between attorney and client. Your attorney should be ready to hear what your goals and concerns are, and to act on them. You, too, should be ready to hear what their advice is based on their experience with cases like yours.
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