I agreed a settlement for a lease buyout 8 months ago, and then my lawyer sent me another bill after that and I queried these very high ambiguous charges. He said this is charge for work that they do, no further details. I queried it again but he is not answering me or my questions about the unexplained charges and he still has my settlement money after all this time. I have no signed the release form because of this crazy final bill we cannot agree on.
Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have not signed the release then you have not triggered your adversary's obligation to pay the settlement.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Until the release is signed, there will be no settlement money coming. Ask for an itemized statement from the attorney and I'm assuming you signed an attorney-client contract. Compare it to the statement.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
You can query and query until you are blue in the face, but the release would need to be signed if you want a settlement.