Can an attorney accept a settlement without my consent?

Posted June 29th, 2021.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

It is common for victims of accidents to turn to the legal assistance of a personal injury attorney. They will then look for their attorney to fight for the compensation they need to cover the cost of their damages including the cost of surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. However, this does not always happen the way it should. If you have hired an attorney to fight for your rights in court only to find that they have accepted a settlement on your behalf without consulting you, you may be looking to hold this attorney accountable.

Continue reading to discover if an attorney accepting a settlement without their client’s consent is considered legal malpractice. Reach out to our legal malpractice firm today to learn how we can help you hold this attorney accountable. You may be eligible for compensation in a legal malpractice case. Give our firm a call today to discuss our services and to learn how we can assist your upcoming legal process.

Is it legal malpractice if an attorney accepts a settlement without his or her client’s consent?

In most cases, it is considered legal malpractice if your attorney accepts a settlement without your consent as their client. Unless you had a specific conversation with your attorney where you asked them to only accept a settlement that was greater than a certain amount of money, this may cause some conflict in having a valid legal malpractice claim. It is important to understand that if you told your attorney that you will accept a settlement of X, you will most likely not have a legal malpractice claim against them. However, even in this circumstance, your attorney should inform you of the settlement offer before they accept it. Attorneys are never permitted to accept a settlement without informing their clients o the settlement and getting their explicit permission.

Can I sue an attorney if I believe he or she tricked or forced me to accept an inadequate settlement?

There is a very high chance you may have a legal malpractice claim if you believe that your attorney coerced, deceived, or pressured you to accept a settlement that simply was not fair or in your favor. However, it is important to understand that legal malpractice claims of any kind require aggressive legal action with the correct malpractice attorney who will fight for your rights in court. The first step you should take in this process is to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney before proceeding. Our firm is here to help. Give us a call today to get started.

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The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is an experienced and committed legal team for clients throughout the state of New Jersey. Our team effectively serves victims of legal malpractice. If you require the services of a dedicated attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today for a free consultation.

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