Syracuse, NY asked in Products Liability and Car Accidents for New York

Q: if you pay someone to settle a claim, how would you word a statement for them to sign stating it's settled ?

it's a small vehicle accident claim less than 900 dollors. we just don't want her to come back later and say we owe her more.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It would be difficult for an attorney to guide you on drafting a release with the format here. It sounds like you want to handle the release yourself. There are boilerplate releases online. No one here can tell you, "Consult an attorney," or, "Save money and do it yourself." That's an individual choice, and many people do draft their own releases when it comes to relatively minor claims.

In general, some of the basic elements typically addressed in a release include identifying the parties, their addresses, the date of the loss, the amount settled for, among other terms. Releases can also carry provisions as to liability and other issues. This is not an exhaustive list of things to include, nor is it meant to be instructions. You must either research or consult with an attorney. These are only a few basic elements commonly found in releases. Depending on how comfortable you feel handling the release yourself, you could research online, and if you have reservations or questions, you could reach out to an attorney. Good luck

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