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Why should I consider participating in the Settlement Program?

There many advantages to having your case resolved through settlement. Not only do the parties potentially avoid considerable delay, cost and expense in resolving their disputes, but the potentially devastating emotional toll associated with the kinds of cases usually heard in the Probate Court can be avoided as well. Furthermore, to the extent the parties might otherwise be entitled to some kind of monetary recovery from a fund or account, such as pertaining to a probate estate or a trust, if the case is left unresolved the possibility, and perhaps the certainty, exists that whatever might have been recovered from that estate or trust would be consumed, in whole or in part, by attorneys' fees and/or other costs incurred during the course of litigation. Even if the case may not be successfully resolved, sitting down and reviewing the case with a neutral third party may greatly simplify the case should it proceed to an evidentiary hearing at some point of time in the future. Lastly in this regard, parties who successfully resolve the case will not only have settled on the terms they feel appropriate, they will have entirely avoided the risk associated with having the case decided against them adversely. No matter how confident you might be in the outcome of your case, there are absolutely no guarantees of outcome in litigation. In fact, it has been said that not just half, but more than half of all of the people who go to trial believe the judge got it wrong in deciding their case! As can be seen from the information below, there are a great many advantages, and virtually no disadvantages, to attempting to settle your case.

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