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What is a settlement offer?

A settlement offer is defined as an expression that is used in a civil lawsuit in order to explain a type of statement from one individual to another when dealing with different types of settlements. A settlement offer is also used in order to come to some sort of agreement at the end of a lawsuit before the judgment is decided upon. In many cases, when an individual hires an attorney, the attorney will deal with the settlement offers with the other individual’s attorney. This is because the individual may not be well aware of the different aspects of what a settlement offer consist of. Read below where the thousands of Experts have answered questions about a settlement offer.

I got a payoff settlement offer that happened nine years ago on a vehicle that has been retrieved and resold. What is the statute of limitations to get a settlement, and how can I get this off my record?

In most states the statute of limitations is ten years or less on contracts and judgments. Since this has not shown up on your credit report this is not an issue for you, it is unlikely that this company will use the money in order to sue you. In many cases, you may need to consult in an attorney help in order to make sure the steps you are following are legal.

I received a settlement offer dated and signed by one of their agents, he claimed there was no need for a signature from me. Should I accept the offer?

Depending on the outstanding amount originally owed and whether their offer makes a significant reduction to your payments. If so then you can send them a certified letter accepting the terms of the offer. Also enclose a copy of the signed offer/agreement so it’s clear what you’re referring to.

If an individual has received a settlement offer from a collection agency where they were not recommended to sign the form stating the payments were made, can the agency come back and say the payments were never made?

In many cases, the agency has already signed to their own agreement requiring them to this type of agreement. In order to be very certain nothing like this could happen, this individual may consider sending the agency a certified letter stating that this agency has accepted the offer, and that there is currently a valid contract with them. Also, this individual should attach a copy of the information of when and how the payments were made.

If an individual wishes to decline the offer is the following phrase: “Please inform your client that the April 20th settlement offer was not acceptable” reasonable?

In most cases this phrase would be acceptable; however the individual may want to consider a reasonable counteroffer instead of just flat stating that they are declining the offer. This is so the defendant will be informed on what to expect from the other individual.

A settlement offer can be a light in a dark room of debt. Knowing your rights is the best way to make sure that you get the most for your money. A well informed person will always look into all aspects of any settlement offer. Whether you are a defendant or plaintiff you should study the laws before agreeing to any out of court settlement. Questions’ regarding settlement offers the answers can be found when you ask the Experts.

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