You should immediately contact the Illinois Attorney Disciplinary Commission. There is no excuse for spending a client's funds !
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If your lawyer has spent your settlement money, he has committed a serious ethical/disciplinary violation. Go to www.iardc.org and follow the link to report him to our licensing board. Before you do that, make very certain of your suspicions as this is a serious matter.
I agree with my colleagues. Contact the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, 130 E Randolph Dr Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 565-2600. You may also be able to claim money from the client protection program. Here is information on how to file a claim: http://www.iardc.org/clientprotection.html
I am sorry this happened to you, and wish you the best of luck.
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Perhaps liens must be negotiated, or, worse yet, Medicare has a lien, which can take time to resolve.
However, this sounds wrong and you deserve an accounting and some answers.
Call your lawyer and if you cannot get an immediate appointment, contact the ARDC.
Did you sign a release? A settlement breakdown?
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Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
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I also agree with my colleagues. Contact the ARDC and write a full report. The Commission will investigate whether the funds are still being held. You may not be the only client affected by this type of conduct. You may also want to go to the ARDC website iardc.org to see if their are any similar public allegations against this lawyer.
Report him to the state Bar
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I would think this is a red flag....there's no reason to wait for other cases to be resolved in order to get paid on your case. I would request and immediate sit-down and explanation!
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