Approval Motions Under Rule 7
Rule 7 Motions (Court Approval of Settlements)
Court approval of a settlement is obtained by way of a Motion or an Application, and will be necessary of the settlement involves a party under disability. For many lawyers, a Rule 7 motion signals the end of legal proceedings, and the end of a file. But for a client who was acting as litigation guardian on behalf of an injured loved one, a Rule 7 motion is often the harbinger of new legal proceedings for an Order appointing that client as guardian of property.
Rule 7 Motions require full and frank disclosure of the rationale behind a settlement. At the same time, litigation guardians and counsel must be mindful of protecting solicitor-client privilege. In addition, public authorities will want any Rule 7 Judgment to include the information required by their offices, and the wording of Rule 7 Judgments will form an important component of any guardianship proceedings that may follow a settlement.
Our firm routinely advises litigation guardians and their counsel on Rule 7 Motions, and the guardianship proceedings that may follow.
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