My lawyer suggested that we avoid going to court and that I take a settlement to avoid the judge from putting my funds into a restricted account. I accepted. Still the judge ordered my funds to be restricted. It seems like my attorney is hiding something...
There could be a variety of reasons for a judge to place your funds into a restricted account. Your question does not provide us with enought information for me to explain why your funds would be required to be placed in a restricted account. Reasons for a restricted account could include being a minor, being adjudicated incompetent, or requiring a guardian, or to avoid losing other public health or welfare benefits. Restricted accounts are also common in worker's compensation claims.
My advise to you is to speak with your attorney. That person should be able to answer your question.
It is not uncommon for a judge to restrict access to an account if he has any suspicion that fund will disappear prior to payment of a settlement. Many judges also simply restrict the accounts automatically. This could easily be the case here.
Go consult with another attorney. It is important to trust your attorney because he is your advocate, so if you don't, you need to find a new attorney. You can find one on a site like this, or you can call your local bar association for a referral.
Best of luck,
Shannon K. McDonald
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