I am 30 years old and do not live with father, do not wish to talk much to my father (except for the occasional Hi's and How are you's), and he has ruined my credit in the past. He weaseled his way to getting an advance in my settlement money by talking to the paralegal who works at the firm. I NEVER requested directly to my lawyer nor any of his colleagues that I needed/wanted a $600 advance. The secretary said that since I didn't receive the $600, they will deal with my father, and I will not be deducted $600 from my portion of the settlement for my personal injury/auto accident case. In my opinion, I do not want to let this go so easily. I feel they were not communicating with me very well, my privacy was breached, they were conducting business behind my back, and I would have lost $600 from my settlement had I not questioned why I was being deducted $600 from my settlement.
I don't feel that simply not deducting money from my portion of the settlement check justifies or dismisses what happened. I never requested so I don't want $600 and I don't care if the money will not be deducted. I'm angry this was all done behind my back and wasn't told of anything since August 2012. They didn't explain well WHY i was being deducted $600 until I questioned. I'm very upset and feel I've been mishandled, cheated, and most importantly, my privacy has been taken from me. I blame my attorney because he enabled and allowed for someone (in this case being my father) to forge my signature. He should have contacted me about the advance, which I would have denied right away, but he didn't and was going to collect it at the end from me through my settlement. I want him in trouble for the frustration and anxiety it has caused me; can he be in trouble? Or am I making this a bigger deal than it is? For me, I have been a victim of fraud, and it's just hitting too close to home again for me. I don't want anyone enabling anyone to take advantage of someone, family related or not.
it IS a big deal, I would file a grievance against the attorney with the statewide grievance committee. Again, not sure about California's ethics rules, but here in Connecticut this is a grievable offense.
Your attorney had no right to even discuss your case with a third party, let alone loan money against a future recovery. In New York we are not allowed to act as a bank for a client by loaning money. I am not sure about California. Even if California attorneys re permitted to loan clients money, that didn't happen here. Your father is not the client, you are. I would certainly make a complaint to the grievance committee for your jurisdiction.