Can I personally negotiate the settling of claims between myself and the attorneyfor the other party?

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Can I personally negotiate the settling of claims between myself and the attorneyfor the other party?

My former landlord’s insurance company has requested an arbitration hearing to collect on damages to my former rental unit. The amount they are requesting is grossly exaggerated. A few months before I moved I slipped and fell on the property, due to the landlord neglecting to properly remove ice and snow, so I have pending legal action against the landlord. I really want to put all this behind me, because I have moved almost 2 years ago. Is it advisable for me to speak with the lawyer for the insurance company and suggest that we both agree to drop our claims? Call it even? There is no way that they can prove the amount that they are trying to collect on and I really don’t want to deal with this matter anymore.

Asked on January 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I always recommend that any party involved in a lawsuit have his or her own legal representation. However, if you wish to negotiate directly with the attorney for the other side where you are a party to the action (and have no attorney), you are free to do so under the laws of all states in this country.

Since you have an upcoming arbitration, trying to settle the dispute before the proceeding by way of a written agreement signed by all parties is always preferred. in a settlement, a party controls his or her own destiny.


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