Q: does my attorney have to tell me the amount im getting for a car accident before i sign to receive my check ,
she will not tell me the amount i will get back and i dont want to sign untill i know
A: Your attorney cannot settle on your behalf without your consent. The settlement amount is one number, the fee agreement between you and your attorney is likely a percentage, and the costs the attorney has incurred is another number easily calculated. With that information your attorney should easily be able to tell you how much you will receive from the settlement. The only variable I can think of is if there is a lien by your medical insurance which has not yet been negotiated but that should be done (at least I would do it) before agreeing to a settlement amount.
A: Your attorney probably cannot tell you how much you will receive before you sign. Medi-Cal won't even provide a reimbursement number until the settlement is signed. Medicare can take months to negotiate. Health insurers won't agree to a reduction of their reimbursement requests until they know the settlement amount, attorneys fees and costs. At best, your attorney should provide you an itemized estimate of your net recovery.
A: Your attorney should inform you of the settlement amount before you sign any agreement to receive the check. You have the right to know how much money you will receive from the settlement. If your attorney is not providing you with this information, you can request it or consider seeking legal advice from another attorney. It's important to understand the terms of any settlement agreement before signing it to ensure you are receiving a fair and just compensation for your damages.
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