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Can you please tell me, were/are you paying your attorney a fee on a contingency basis, such as 1/3 of the settlement you received?
Okay thank you. So you're paying your lawyer a flat fee the, right?
Also, the settlement itself -- do you have any idea how much the settlement was for -- the total amount of the settlement?
You need to find out from your lawyer if the full settlement was $145,00 or if the full settlement was $177,000. If it was $177,000, and it wasn't a contingency, you're entitled to all of it.
If your lawyer wanted to pay your friend a referral fee, that money had to come out of YOUR lawyer's retainer, not out of your settlement. If it came out of your settlement, that is not ethical.
Yes, he should have given it to you IF it is part of the settlement. Do you have the document to show how much the settlement was for?
It would help me to know how much the settlement was for. If it was for $177,000, then you are entitled to all of it. Do you know how much it was for?
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If a friend(attorney) referred me to an attorney to handle my wrongful death claim collected an amount could I ask him for what he received?
Response 1: Yes, you can.
Should that not go to me
Response 2: No,because is common practice for an Attorney to receive a fee for referring a case to another Attorney. However, the referral fee would come out of the fee of the Attorney who actually worked on your case and this arrangement must have been made clear to you before the settlement. See Florida Rules of Professional Conduct RULE 4-1.5.