My lawyer has received the settlement check for a personal injury claim. There has been ample time, all subrogation has been resolved, all other expenses have supposedly been paid, and the lawyer has received his portion (none of which I have a dispute with) However, there is a lawyer's release that makes statements that I don't agree with. I do not have a full accounting of the trust account holding my funds, but am told that I must sign that I agree with all disbursements and expenses and approve of the way everything was handled in my case before I can receive my funds. Can they legally hold my portion of the settlement money indefinitely until I sign this?I have sent multiple emails and am told that as soon as I sign the form release, I will be able to receive my funds. I have had trouble with getting communication back from my lawyer throughout the case. The money has cleared trust account and I'm told all other expenses have been paid. Shouldn't I be given an accounting of the funds for my records? Is he allowed to withhold only my portion until I sign the form release? It's been over one year since the settlement was signed and almost half a year since court approval and funding.
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