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Ethical Settlement Negotiations ABA

Ethical Settlement Negotiations ABA

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Ethical Settlement Negotiations.ABA, the American Bar Association. I am a nonlawyer member of the ABA, and recommend membership to other nonlawyers
Ethical Settlement Negotiations.ABA, the American Bar Association. I am a nonlawyer member of the ABA, and recommend membership to other nonlawyers

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ETHICAL GUIDELINES FORSETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONSAugust 2002
 
The Ethical Guidelines for Settlement Negotiations have not been approved by the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the American Bar  Association and, accordingly, should not be construed as representing the policy of the American Bar Association. However, the American Bar Association recommends the Ethical Guidelines for Settlement Negotiations as a resource designed to facilitate and promote ethical conduct in settlement negotiations. These Guidelines are not intended to replace existing law or rules of professional conduct or to constitute an interpretation by the ABA of any of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and should not serve as a basis for liability, sanctions or disciplinary action. Copyright
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 2002 American Bar Association. All rights reserved.
The ABA hereby grants permission for copies to be made of these materials, in  part or in whole, for informational, non-commercial purposes only, and provided that any copy of the materials, or portion thereof, acknowledges the title of the materials, the author, the disclaimer, and the legend 'Reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association.' Requests to reproduce these materials in any other manner should be addressed to: Manager, Copyrights and Licensing,  American Bar Association, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611-4497;  phone: 312-988-6102; fax: 312-988-6030; email: copyright@abanet.org.
 
 
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ETHICAL GUIDELINES FORSETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONSTABLE OF CONTENTSSECTION 1PREFACE........................................................................1SECTION 2SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS GENERALLY...............2
2.1The Purpose of Settlement Negotiations..................................22.2Duty of Competence................................................................32.3Duty of Fair-Dealing.................................................................32.4Restrictions on Disclosure to Third Parties of InformationRelating to Settlement Negotiations.........................................42.5Required Disclosure to Court of Information Relating toSettlement Negotiations...........................................................5
SECTION 3 ISSUES RELATING TO LAWYERS ANDTHEIR CLIENTS..............................................................7
3.1The Client’s Ultimate Authority Over Settlement Negotiations..73.1.1Prompt Discussion of Possibility of Settlement.............73.1.2Client’s Authority Over Initiation of SettlementDiscussions..................................................................83.1.3Consultation Respecting Means of Negotiating Settlement.................................................93.1.4Keeping Client Informed AboutSettlement Negotiations.............................................123.2The Client’s Authority Over the UltimateSettlement Decision...............................................................133.2.1Acting Within the Scope of Delegated Authority.........133.2.2Revocability of Authorization to Settle........................143.2.3Avoiding Limitations on Client’s Ultimate Settlement Authority.....................................................................153.2.4Assisting Client Without Impairing Client’sDecisionmaking Authority...........................................173.3Preserving the Integrity of the Settlement Process;Restrictions on Client Settlement Authority.............................183.3.1Adherence to Ethical and Legal Rules.......................183.3.2Client Directions Contrary to Ethical or Legal Rules...203.3.3Disagreement With or Repugnant Client Strategies...213.4Clients With Diminished Capacity or Special Needs...............223.5Multiple Clients Represented by the Same Counsel...............253.6Class Actions.........................................................................28

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