Re-post your question in the Avvo sections dealing with civil liability and personal injury. By contrast, this section of Avvo deals with those charged with DWI/DUI and related crimes.
Best of luck to you both.
Christopher I. Simser. Sr.
Your wife needs to obtain a copy of her settlement statement from her former attorney. Assuming you were married at the time of the collision then the attorney should also provide this information to you. She should have signed a statement at the time she received her $50,000 which showed the amount of the settlement and what was paid out of it for medical bills, attorney fees, advanced attorney expenses, etc. You cannot compare her cousin's collision with your wife's -without seeing her settlement check and statement there is not any actual confirmation of what your cousin received.
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I'm not sure what is going on--I've answered a number of similar questions. None this should be happening. Before any settlement offer was accepted, your wife and you should have been informed of the amount and then you both had a right to say yes or no. Were you told by your attorney that 500K was offered and asked whether he/she should accept that offer.
If this did happen the lawyer must prepare a settlement sheet. EVERYTHING is listed on this sheet--the gross settlement amount, the amount of attorneys fees on this settlement, every cost/out of pocket expense the lawyer is claiming--filing costs, costs for medical records/reports, depositions,, etc, then any liens or other costs to be subtracted from the gross settlement. Everything is itemized. In my firm we offer to make copies of all the receipts.
Typically the client signs off on this though I do not think the client signing is required. Get a copy of this...if one was not done????????? demand one be done immediately. You should not be asking "where did money go,?" you should already know!
Your sister needs a lawyer, and a brother who will tell her so. There may or may not be something amiss with the settlement. See the attached links. She needs another set of impartial eyes to review the situation to determine whether her rights were violated.
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