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I was terminated from my employer due to restructuring of the company. I was offered a severance package. I would like to have an addendum to the contract written to renegotiate the package. Is it best to have any attorney write the addendum?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.

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What exactly do you want to add to the agreement? You don't necessarily have to have an attorney write it...let me know what your thinking of doing and I can advise.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was offered 12 weeks severance pay and 1 month health insurance. I was also told I can never reapply to the company nor any of its affiliated. I want to ask for 4 months severance pay, 4 months health insurance coverage and I want to strike that I cannot apply for any of the affiliations of this company. Why do I feel if this addendum is written by an attorney my request will be taken more seriously? I also do not know how to write an addendum,
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.
The changes you suggest would consist of changing some numbers in the agreement and striking one provision. Would you taken more seriously...probably. You'd be hiring the attorney to do more of the negotiating piece of this. For example convincing them to quadruple their offer will require some advocacy. An attorney can explain where they have weak points or could be exposed to possible liability.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could I lose everything completely? Could my former employer deny the addendum and take the initial severance package off the table as well?
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.
It's very unlikely that they'd do that, but it is possible. If you counter-offer you are rejecting their proposal and it can be "taken off the table" so to speak.
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.

It's very unlikely that they'd do that, but it is possible. If you counter-offer you are rejecting their proposal and it can be "taken off the table" so to speak.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was an excellent employee. All my employee reviews were excellent. Could I call my employer and ask to negotiate?
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.
Absolutely you could. There isn't some kind of secret formula here that only attorneys know about. Some employers will negotiate, some won't. But you never know until you ask.
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