Does a Lawyer Need to be Present for a Settlement?
In some cases, a lawyer may be present at the time of settlement. For example, if you dispute whether or not the agreement was made under duress (threats to harm), then a legal team can help determine this. But in most cases, it will not be required for an attorney to be present during settlement.
Rather than requiring that someone has to show up with their lawyer, many settlements are completed by both parties signing off on them and having them notarized (verified as true). This way, they can both agree without worrying about who has what power over the other person — they’re equal partners in making sure that everything is fair and honest. If you want to ensure your interests are protected when settling disputes, ask the other person if their lawyer is available. Otherwise, you could both go on your own and make sure to get any promises in writing.
An attorney can also be required for more complicated legal procedures involving business disputes, divorces, wills, or criminal charges. If you are unsure of whether or not a lawyer is necessary for your situation, it is best to have one present to be safe.