Check out this interesting Michigan Court of Appeals case where the court enforced a settlement agreement reached between a construction company and the estate of its former client. GTS Construction Company contracted with Juanita Dansby and her son to repair damage to her home. At the time of Dansby’s death, an unpaid balance remained on contract. GTS filed a claim and the personal representative of Dansby’s estate denied it. After a hearing, the GTS attorney offered the estate a settlement agreement, which the estate accepted. GTS’ owner then refused to sign the necessary documentation, arguing that he did not agree to the settlement and that his attorney misrepresented him in suggesting that he did. The court held that the settlement agreement was proper because the attorney legally had the authority to settle the lawsuit on his behalf!
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