Injury was 10yrs ago in California. Obtaining medical care has gotten increasingly difficult to impossible. Insurance company offered compromise and release option. I expressed interest and the original offer was $10 (for sake of argument). My counter offer was $70. We went back and forth and we have agreed to $40. The documents are being prepared by a local law firm and will be going before judge to finalize the deal soon. I do not have a lawyer.
Is the law firm that is drawing up the documents doing so on my behalf? Are they being paid? By whom? Is the judge just there to be witness to the signing, or does he have the power to increase or decrease the $$ amount of the agreement? Can I / should I prepare documents or arguments in my favor to sway the judge?