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    Default How to Settle a Lawsuit

    My question involves small claims court in the state of: Florida.

    I want to settle a small claims matter but the other side has retained an attorney who seems bent on taking the low dollar issue to trial. Can I offer to settle the case before trial? (The amount at issue is in the hundreds.)

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    Default Re: How to Settle

    You can contact the other side's attorney to offer a settlement. The attorney should communicate the settlement offer to their client, unless the client has already informed them that they do not wish to settle.

    I can't believe they are paying an attorney for a <$1000 matter.

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    Default Re: How to Settle

    Thanks. Yes, it appears large egos are involved and that always presents great challenges when trying to settle.

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    Default Re: How to Settle

    If the other side does not want to settle, then it is off to court for you.

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    Default Re: How to Settle

    Quote Quoting refdesk3
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    Thanks. Yes, it appears large egos are involved and that always presents great challenges when trying to settle.
    I guess if you want to settle for less than the other side says you owe, then it's not going to happen.

    If you want to avoid a judgment, your settlement offer should be 100% of the amount paid plus any costs incurred by the other party.

    Even if they get a judgment for part of what they are claiming, they still win and the consequences of having a judgment against you could be dire.

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