Why would a "Separation Agreement and General Release" suggest getting an attorney?

What might be for a "Separation Agreement and General Release" (specificly the one I have from BT Americas Inc) contain the clause (Employee) "...is being advised herein in writing to consult with an attorney prior to executing this Agreement..."?
Do I really need to spend the money for a legal consultation if I've got no intention of pursuing legal action?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 14, 2010 10:18 AM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Arkady Itkin
No, basically the reason the clause is included is because under the contract law, the party who knows that she has an opportunity to consult with attorneys cannot claim duress in entering into a contract later and argue that it's unenforceable. Whether you consult an attorney is your personal choice of course.


Arkady Itkin

posted by Arkady Itkin  |  Sep 14, 2010 10:41 AM [EST]

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