Q: Must long term appeal award check have to mail to lawyer
I hired a lawyer to work on my LTD due to rejection from no due diligence on the part of underwriter.
My lawyer never disposed anyone or went to litigation.
MESSA called me to say they are sending me a check for almost 2 years back pay. I will pay what I owe. My lawyer said the check had to be mailed to him by law. Is there a law that says this?
A: Your lawyer is correct. Generally, this sort of work is done on contingency, and in the world of government benefits is actually prescribed by law a certain percentage payable to the attorney. In either case, your lawyer was your representative in this litigation, and to properly settle the matter, it's customary for the insurance company or agency to send a check with both yours and your lawyer's name on it to the attorney. Your attorney will then get your signature and deposit the check into his IOLTA account; he will then cut you a check for what is owed to you.
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