Monday, June 22, 2015
Settlement offers are not admissible in court. However, I am many times shocked how often they are not communicated in domestic cases. I have seen this happen in several cases in the past after deposing a party or pinning them down in a hearing on an issue. Anytime a settlement offer is sent, correspondence needs to be sent to the client regarding what it is. I remember one case where it was determined after the fact that the opposing attorney was milking time to get more money along with trying to restrict visitation. (no restricted visitation was being sought by the parent). The case literally settled in its entirety within forty-five (45) minutes after this was discovered.