Settlement: The Client's Prerogative

By Amanda S. Trigg and Joseph DiPiazza


This article is reprinted with permission from the New Jersey Family Lawyer, where it was originally published in Vol. 33, No. 2/October, 2012.


Most family law practitioners occasionally face a client who decides to settle his or her case on terms the lawyer cannot recommend. Although it may be obvious without being said, the lawyer must exercise caution. Rule of Professional Conduct (RPC) 1.2 addresses an attorney's scope of representation and clearly states that "a lawyer shall abide by a client's decision whether to settle a matter."


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