LitaWrites (real_lawyer) wrote,

How Much Would You Pay To Make This Go Away?

I ask this question of clients many times when faced with they are faced with inconvenient or time consuming problems they need to tackle. Would they be willing to offer the other party a sum both sides deem reasonable to see if that would resolve the issue?

I like that about practicing real estate law: when reasonable people put their heads together, the bottom line is always a dollar amount. There’s no emotional baggage or revenge or rules of evidence to prevent a resolution. People pay a bit to get a bigger sum at closing, people accept an amount to put them in their home.

It’s not a science, and it certainly doesn’t always work when unreasonable people are involved. But when I phrase the question as succinctly as above, I usually get a quantifiable answer in reply.
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