The majority of lawsuits are actually settled before going to trial. This may occur shortly after a lawsuit is filed or literally on the steps of the courthouse just before trial. Your attorney has a duty to inform you of any offers to settle made by the other side, even though he or she may not recommend accepting the offer. Because of the inherent uncertainty of trial results, there is a certain benefit in settling a case before it goes to trial. Although experienced attorneys can advise you about the overall strength of your claim and your chances of recovery at trial, juries are generally unpredictable and may not decide in your favor. Also, some trial attorneys charge a higher fee once the case actually goes to trial, so the bottom line amount you receive at trial may not necessarily exceed the offer made by the other side. For more information, consult a qualified attorney.