Settlement talks and negotiations are an important tool in trying to obtain a positive resolution for clients. Lawyers often begin negotiations early on in the process and they continue right up until the jury goes in to deliberation. Many clients often prefer to have their case settle without having to go through the lengthy, expensive trial process.
However, sometimes settlement negotiations can reach a point where both parties are at a “stand off”. At that point, the lawyer and client must make a decision about whether or not to settle the case for the offered lesser amount or expend the time and money taking the case to trial to see what a jury would award.
There are many reasons to avoid going to trial, but a lawyer either not being prepared to go to trial or not wanting to go to trial are not appropriate reasons for a client to settle his or her case. Call another attorney before settling your case if there is a lot of pressure to settle. Article: If Talk Fails, Will Your Attorney Take Action?