<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by grits:
We've already been working with our attorney. I feel like he's just telling us both what we want to hear. (He gets 40% of the settlement - 7 figures) One minute he says he thinks there's more money on the table, then he says there are no guarantees - which I fully understand. I just want to do the right thing for the kids and I know I should follow my instincts...but bottom line is how much is she (grandmother)entitled to legally or do we all have to agree on the final figures? My ex did not contribute financially to her well being, even though she stated he did in the deposition. I do feel that she is entitled to something - after all her son was killed tragically.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It sounds to me that if she's already lied in her deposition, that she's after at least 50%. Here's what I suggest. Since you are in no rush to settle, you settle the case when you are comfortable. Then, offer her 25% of the amount, and she has 30 days to decide, then your offer is "off the table." If she says no, that's fine; again, you are in no rush, and then the offer is "off." Tell her you'll just interplead the whole amount to the court, and take another 2 years for the court to decide who gets how much. Perhaps, since you say she's anxious, she think twice about accepting whatever offer you finally decide to make to her.
I presume you want to play "hardball" with her?
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