Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 318

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"Communication with a Lawyer Who Wants to Cut Your Fee on a Settlement"

Sample language for an e-mail after a lawyer wants to reduce your fee upon settlement:
 
Dear Mr. Lawyer,
 
It is my office policy to accept the full amount of the outstanding balance, should it not exceed 1/3 of my patient's settlement and I understand that you have already settled with the defense.  The amount payable is $x,xxx unless you can verify, through copies of settlement and disbursement verification, that this amount exceeds 1/3 of the settlement. There is no room for negotiation beyond my policy.
 
I trust that in the future we will have many other common cases and I know that we both want to have guidelines to work within so that this does not have to be a confrontational process. Thank you.
 
Respectfully, 
 
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP

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