I hired an attorney to settle my case. It is a small civil case. One week passed. My attorney told me the plaintiff’s attorney was very busy and did not return his call.
From my perspective, nothing happened. The deadline to enter default judgment against me is quickly approaching. The plaintiff’s attorney told my attorney he would not enter default judgment against me until the settlement negotiation is over. However, I am afraid I am losing my leverage to threaten a costly lawsuit for both sides if there is no agreement.
My question is: Is this normal? How long should the settlement usually take? Do I lose leverage in a situation like this? And most importantly, what should I do?