Atty does not communicate with me. I've gotten used to this, as my case has been open for 17 months. Having grown frustrated with the lack of communication and UN-returned calls, I sent them a nasty letter on 11/12/09 where I threatened to change counsel. Finally, on 11/16/09, a paralegal on the case called to discuss my letter, and in the course of the conversation I find out the Insurance Co. made a settlement offer on 10/26/09. In other words they sat on the offer for 21 days, and NEVER REPORTED IT TO ME. It was my understanding that attorneys are supposed to report settlement offers to the client in a timely fashion. What should I do?
Personal Injury Lawyer
Communication of essential matters regarding a client matter is required. Call, make an appointment to go in, have a heart-to-heart conversation, and if you're still not happy switch. Settlements are usually reported right away because they represent potential income to all concerned.
Real Estate Attorney
Unless the settlement offer expired before you could accept, there has been no malpractice. There has been lousy communication. My colleague is correct, set an appointment with the attorney to correct the problem. If you are not satisfied, switch attorneys.
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