I was in accident on November 6th, my car was a total loss and progressive sent me a small check, I retained a lawyer but now ive changed my mind and just want to cash the check and be done with this, can I?
You should check with your lawyer first. He or she may be entitled to compensation
for whatever works has been performed.
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I agree with the prior answer and will also point out that you could (and likely are) walking away from a much larger settlement should you opt to just take their first offer.
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Agree with both colleagues that you must check with your lawyer. He will be entitled to payment for his time so cashing the check could be a problem.
If they paid you for property damage, only, it has NOTHING to do with your attorney's representation as he represents you for your personal injury. Once you retain counsel, it is foolish to act without consulting him.
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Since you have already hired an attorney, you need to discuss this with him or her, as he or she is the most knowledgeable about your particular case.
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