About a month after the date of my car accident, my lawyer/attorney supposedly wrote a check for $600, payable to me, as an advance/loan, which would be deducted from my settlement once my personal injury case comes to close. The problem is I never requested an advance nor did I ever receive the check. The secretary explained to me that It turned out that a paralegal, who works at the firm, accepted the request from my father, gave my father the check, and my father "signed on my behalf." I found out about this check because I was told the insurance wrote out checks for my car accident settlement and I questioned my lawyer why $600 was being deducted. I feel the lawyer should have confirmed with me about a request for an advance and handed ME the check and not to anyone else.I didn't know an advance was given out under my name, dated in 8/13/12, until yesterday when I received a call from atty saying that the insurance co. issued checks for my settlement (1/3 atty, 1/3 chiro, and 1/3 less $600 & $20 for filing fee..to me). The secretary followed up and said that $600 was an advance my dad requested, he signed on my behalf and it was ok because this was sort of a "Korean style" or way of doing business. The problem is not the $600 that I didn't receive (I never requested for an advance and so I care less where the check went). They can go after my father as they should do so to recover their loss which would have been 100% prevented had they made a simple confirmation call to me directly. If I didn't question the $600, I would have signed the settlement check and lose $600 and never know why I was being deducted. My atty who is supposed to look out for me and put me in his best interest, failed to do just that due to his carelessness and put my privacy in jeopardy.
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