Your facts are not clear if there is ongoing litigation. In the event of a fee dispute with your attorney, you may contact the State Bar.
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If there is a dispute over the money, the attorney is required to hold onto the disputed portion until the dispute is resolved. At some point, if the dispute cannot be amicably resolved, then the attorney should file an interpleader lawsuit, where he deposits the disputed funds with the Court and lets a judge figure out what to do with the money.
If your employer is in violation of the California Labor Code, you have an entitlement right to be paid as well as penalties and the recovery of attorney fees and costs. You should retain legal counsel who can obtain payment from the Labor Board decision. In regard to an audit, that’s up to the Labor Board whether they decide to take action or not take action in regard to your fellow employees.
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Need additional facts to respond. To get your share, ask your lawyer to get court order regarding manner of distribution of the sale proceeds of house among all heirs/beneficiaries of the sale proceeds after payment of all expenses, if any.
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