Olympia, WA asked in Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for Michigan

Q: Why did my attorney cash the settlement check written to me rather than send it directly to me?

Why did my attorney cash the settlement check written to me rather than send it directly to me? Why would there be 2 claim numbers and why would the insurance send my attorney 2 checks? One was for the attorney's amount, one was for my amount. Why would my attorney cash them and send me a separate check? How do I know what the original amount was and whether I received the correct amount? How do I know whether there weren't other checks, or that the scans of the checks are real?

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: These are all questions you need to ask your attorney. You have a right to know all these answers. From what you described, there is quite likely a reasonable and legitimate explanation. Your attorney should be able to explain all of it to you.

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