I recently got a settlement of 17500 from an auto accident , my lawyer refuses to release any of it due to medical bills being outstanding, the bills total 6000 and their fee will be ahout 5000 leaving me with 6 at the least. Im asking her to just release 2000 now so i can get my life back in order, i have been without transportation for 8 months. She says shes "not allowed" and its going to be another 2 weeks. Why are they refusing to release my portion of the settlement. Why are they not putting the cliant first?
1 Answer from Attorneys
If the amount owed as medical bills is undisputed and the check has cleared and funds collected, I cannot answer why your attorney is holding the money.
Check the contract you have with the attorney. You may have agreed to a two week hold.
Otherwise, demand an immediate explanation.
If you need to hire counsel for a future matter, you know to ask that information up front.