Role of the Legal Assistant
Opinion rules that a legal assistant may communicate and negotiate with a claims adjuster if directly supervised by the attorney for whom he or she works.
May an attorney permit his legal assistant to communicate and negotiate with the claims adjuster for the adverse party's insurance carrier?
Yes, so long as the legal assistant is directly supervised by the attorney for whom he or she works. Rule 3.3(b). Under no circumstances should the legal assistant be permitted to exercise independent legal judgment regarding the value of the case, the advisability of making or accepting any offer of settlement or any other related matter.
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