Q: Minor auto accident and other parties lawyer asking us to fill out complete financial affidavit.
My wife was involved in a minor (very minor as in no damage visible) incident while at a light. She bumped into the car in front of her under 5 mph. The other party retained a lawyer though, and that lawyer has sent us an affidavit to complete that delves deeply into financial records. I need advice on whether or not we should even fill this form out. The accident was so minor I feel like the other party is just looking for a pay day from us. Can you advise?
A: You're not required to provide financial info to an opposing party unless and until there is a money judgment entered against you that you fail to pay. However, if the lawyer asked for disclosure of your auto insurance info, you are required to provide that (only) or just turn the letter over to your insurance company.
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