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The answer is yes. The lawyerly answer is there is no rule against speaking with an opposing party, but your lawyer would prefer you did not for the sake of litigation. Listed below are a few ground rules if you decide to speak with the defendant in your case.
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Depending on your circumstances, you may run into the opposing party. Be kind and polite. You could even avoid the person altogether. You are under no obligation to communicate with them, but there is no need to be rude.
If you are not on good terms with the individual, things might be a little more difficult. If it is a family member, consider involving a therapist or professional counselor to help with the interpersonal issues.
If what begins as a personal injury claim proceeds into a lawsuit you will see the opposing party in the courthouse several times. Again, be cordial and professional with the opposing party. For some clients, even the sight of the opposing party can fill you with feelings of rage. Do your best to keep everything under control. If you are feeling this way, consider speaking with your attorney and see what suggestions s/he might have.
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