Yes, you can enforce a judgment yourself, but you would be advised to consult with a collection attorney. Generally, you will need to file an abstract of judgment and writ of execution with the Court. You will then be able to enforce the judgment through various methods, including a bank levy, a lien on real property, or wage garnishment. Noticing a judgment debtor examination may also be a helpful step for you to gain more information to enforce your judgment. Good luck.
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It is important that you not simply ignore the deposition notice or subpoena. Call the attorney and ask that the deposition be rescheduled. Make sure you follow up with an email or letter to document your request and your reasons. You will likely not be subject to a discovery motion or sanctions if you are acting in good faith. Most attorneys will be accommodating.
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Your signed written agreement with him will govern. Don't let him bully you into orally modifying the agreement.
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The California Labor Code applies to employees, not independent contractors. Courts consider several different factors to determine whether you are an employee or independent contractor. I suggest you call an employment attorney so he or she may analyze your facts.
While each state has its own relevant rules, your prior counsel's refusal to provide you with your case file likely violates state ethics rules or rules of professional conduct. The case file belongs to you. While the attorney may try to hold the file hostage in an effort to collect any unpaid fees, this is a dangerous step. You should not let him/her get away with it.