Week 3 – Learning Team Reflection
A counselor job or purpose is to identify the strength and weakness that is in a case. Every case is different; some have great damages with huge liability problems, while others are in a reverse condition. In addition, a counselor can also provide an insight on other similar cases. It never hurts to have all the information needed to make the best choice. All in all, it is important to know how to evaluate a case the right way and what the ups and downs are in the past, present, and future. It is a wise choice to have a counselor’s advice before making a decision on any case. Before making the decision, the victim needs to know the benefits in taking a settlement, purse litigation, and when a counselor should be involved. A counsel should be able to help a victim determine how to proceed based on their knowledge of law, whether it is a settlement offer or litigation, given the known facts of the situation. If a victim is suffering financially, then they may need a quicker payout in a settlement. If a victim prefers that the situation remain private for them, then they would want to settle out of court and know that their part in the case is final. Negotiation is within their hands to try to get the best settlement instead of years of litigation with premium attorney fees, public disclosure, and unknown results.
The benefits that counsel should provide in helping a victim to pursue litigation or not is to make the client fully aware of the chances of successful litigation. Counsel’s opinion should be based on case history as well as the experience of the counsel with similar cases. The client should be fully educated by counsel of the chances of litigation being either successful or unsuccessful based on the facts of the claim. Counsel should be available in the entire process of a victim. If a decision needs to be made in order to achieve a settlement, the victim should seek counsel...
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