The secretary informed me that I will not be deducted if my dad indeed did not give me the money after he "signed on my behalf."
I'm very angry that I was out of the loop and that my lawyer did not communicate well with what was going on, what was being sent out. But, I feel the attorney should get in some trouble for putting my privacy on the line and allowing someone to receive a check that was written out to me and signing it on my behalf. Here in California, anyone signing a check that didn't belong to them IS ILLEGAL. But, the secretary brushed it off as it being a "Korean Style" in dealing with business. Is it worth taking legal action against my lawyer in this matter? Is there anything that can be done or am I making a big deal out of nothing?
No, it appears to have been improper. But if the secretary did it on her own, you should have a conversation with the attorney before you file a grievance and get a sense as to whether or not he regrets what happened and is going to refrain from doing similar things in the future or if he doesn't care, in which case file a complaint. It is not worth your time and effort to sue, unless you want to go after your father in small claims court, but I have a feeling that the situation is a lot more complicated than you have set forth.
A further comment I might add, is that in the states that I practice it would be an ehtical violation for an attorney to advance/loan money to a client in the first place. I doubt that CA is any different.
I don't know how much involvement the secretary had in this, but she was the one to inform me of what took place between my father, the paralegal, and the lawyer who wrote the check for an advance. I feel the $600 is a dispute between my attorney and my father. I have nothing to do with it because I never requested the money and I never received it nor was it to benefit me. What I guess I want to go after is how my attorney handled my case and how he was not communicating well with me. I'm not sure if you're able to read any of the comments other advisors wrote or my comments above, so I feel my information is sort of all over the place.