2013 (Legal Ethics) Bar Exam Questions: Multiple Choice Question 10

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Your client is the plaintiff in a civil case for damages arising from a car accident where he sustained serious physical injuries and damages amounting to P1Million. The counsel for the defendant asks you to give him a proposed amount for purposes of settlement and you are aware that whatever amount you tell him would not readily be accepted and would probably be cut into half.

What is your best legal and ethical course of action? (1%)

(A) Inflate your proposal to make allowances for a compromise.

(B) Tell the defendant’s counsel the correct amount of damages.

(C) Offer him a reasonably low amount so that the case can immediately be settled.

(D) Ask the defendant’s counsel to first submit his negotiating figure.

(E) Play hard-to-get and initially refuse all the defendant’s initiatives to settle.

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