When we say we’re on your side, we mean it. That means taking care of the research and handling the paperwork and negotiations. What it doesn’t mean is taking charge; the decisions are yours.
Speaking on Your Behalf—Not Speaking for You
If, after some negotiations, you are offered a settlement, it’s up to you whether to take it. Your attorney will offer advice, based on education and years of experience, whether he or she thinks the settlement is fair. In the end, it’s your call; your lawyer will advise you, not speak for you.
You give your lawyer the authority to negotiate on your behalf, but your attorney will not make financial decisions or choices without consulting you. If you want to decline a settlement and ask for a higher amount, that’s your call.
We will always inform you and offer advice, but you’re not obligated to act on it. We strive to support our clients’ decisions in every way possible.
The Client is Always in Control
Most cases settle out of court, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept whatever settlement you’re offered. Just having a lawyer by your side generally means you’ll receive a higher offer than you might if you were to negotiate without legal counsel. We encourage you to take your lawyer’s advice—but it’s not a requirement.
If you’d like to decline a settlement and potentially file a lawsuit, your legal team will prepare your case for trial. We’ll let you know what to expect if you choose to appear in court and testify before a jury. We’ll put our knowledge and experience to work for you, explaining every option and the possible outcomes of each.
Your attorney will arm you with his or her knowledge and experience—but ultimately it’s you who will wield the pen.