You will need to look at the initial retainer agreement to see how the fees are figured (i.e. if they are before costs or after costs). In regard to the installment payments, it depends on what the terms of the settlement says.
You will need to look at the documents to shed some light on your question. Has your case settled?
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Settlements in certain kinds of cases, especially asbestos cases, tend to come in dribs and drabs. Generally there is one person who is the legal representative, and that person signs off on each payment as it comes in. The attorneys will generally take their fee and expenses on each payment and distribute the rest, sometimes reserving a percentage for future expenses. This is general information. You need to discuss the details with the lawyers you hired.
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These are questions that you should be posing to your attorneys in the WD cases. They should be able to explain everything to you. As well, you should refer to your retainer agreement which should spell out the responsibilities of each of you.
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Whether or not settlements are paid in installments or in a lump-sum on a wrongful death claim in California, depends upon the terms of the settlement agreement. You should speak with your attorney about this.
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