Ventura, CA asked in Legal Malpractice for California

Q: If you have not received your settlement in 70 days or real news in the status of the settlement? more details below

Mediation is over and If you have not received your settlement in 70 days or real news in the status of the settlement? What should I ask if my lawyer for proof his working on it or has the money already something on paper? I already ask what is the status of my settlement in a letter the assistant only call to say they are talking to the other party because they have not responded yet, something is very odd if we have a due date on the settlement 30 days ago.

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3 Lawyer Answers

William John Light

  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You are entitled to be updated and know the status of your case. However, it is not unusual for settlements to take weeks, or months to complete.

Dale S. Gribow

  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

a good lawyer will keep his/her client updated but it is not unusual for the defense to deny and delay getting the money to you when settled.

Peter N. Munsing


A: First, it depends if the mediation has happened. Mediations may or may not result in settlements. If it was binding then the settlement reached is binding. At that point, it's not unheard of for the check to take 4-6 weeks to get to the attorney. I've filed cases to enforce settlement when it went way too long. Find out if there was a settlement, but understand no lawyer can say precisely how long it will take for the check to land.

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