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  • joeschultz100
    I am a handyman, pretty low income. Some years ago I did some work for a lawyer, and from time to time have gone to him for some ligal advice. After not
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 1, 2006
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      I am a handyman, pretty low income. Some years ago I did some work
      for a lawyer, and from time to time have gone to him for some ligal
      advice.

      After not getting car accidents for twenty years, I have gotten into
      three in the past five years. One is not settled yet. This lawyer
      has handled all three cases. In the first two, my car was stopped
      and I was hit in the rear of the car. I collected a couple of
      thousand in each case.

      In this one, the driver incredibly made a left turn in front of me
      while I was goiing 25 mph down the road. He received a warning
      ticket from the cop investigating the accident, and his insurance
      company has admitted 85% liability.

      I have no health insurance, so the lawyer sent me to a chiropractor,
      (whom I also knew slightly, having done some work for him). The
      threapy took longer than the lawyer anticipated-I had a slight
      setback-and the lawyer expressed concern about the size of the bill
      as it mounted.

      Now, something important about me. I am going through a personal
      crisis right now and am going to counseling for avoidant behavior.
      Nothing court ordered-I have no trouble with the law. Throughout
      this rehab process the lawyer has expressed some surprise, actually
      exasperation, that I wasn't paying attention to the size of the
      chiropractor's bill, in fact did not even require the chiropractor to
      send me a bill, figuring the lawyer would handle it. The lawyer said
      that he can get the chiropractor to lower his bill-he has in previous
      cases-and the chiropractor told me he would, because he wanted give
      me extra treatment after the setback.


      Now that the time has come to settle up this last case, the lawyer
      laid out the prospective settlement he is going to propose to the
      insurance company-a best case scenario he thinks he might be able to
      get at best. I have already signed the papers authorizing him to be
      my lawyer on this, at the beginning of the case.

      Here is the problem. He wants me to sign a document authorizing him
      to settle the case for a minimum amount of money. He says I can fill
      in whatever minimum I want, but he wants it signed. He did not ask
      me to do this in the first two cases, in which I simply accepted the
      settlement he made. He sad the reason was that he "wanted to make
      sure that we were both on the same page".


      Now, I realize the lawyer has been concerned with the uninvolved
      attitude I have had during this, sometimes not asnwering his letters
      for two weeks. I did tell him a few weeks ago that I was in therapy,
      and I think I might have told him I have trouble making decisions,
      which I do.

      Still, I wonder if this document he wants me to sign is the result of
      his trying to cope with a client who seems somewhat uninvolved at
      times, which I admit I have been, or if perhaps there is a nasty
      surprise awaiting me after I sign this and the settlement is made. He
      didn't require this document after the other two settlements, why
      require it now? And on one of those previous settlements, I also did
      not answer one of his letters for two weeks.

      Any reason why the lawyer would now want me to sign this document
      authorizing him to sign for a minimum amount, he does not care what
      number I put in?

      Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
    • karousel
      Hi Joe: Have you ever been tested/checked for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? I am very familiar with this and from I read, you are describing classical
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 2, 2006
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        Hi Joe:

        Have you ever been tested/checked for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? I am
        very familiar with this and from I read, you are describing classical
        symptoms of it.

        Did you have these problems (decision making, avoidance, etc.) prior to the
        three accidents?

        You can reply privately if you feel more comfortable.

        wjf
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        >I am a handyman, pretty low income. Some years ago I did some work
        > for a lawyer, and from time to time have gone to him for some ligal
        > advice.
        >
        > After not getting car accidents for twenty years, I have gotten into
        > three in the past five years. One is not settled yet. This lawyer
        > has handled all three cases. In the first two, my car was stopped
        > and I was hit in the rear of the car. I collected a couple of
        > thousand in each case.
        >
        > In this one, the driver incredibly made a left turn in front of me
        > while I was goiing 25 mph down the road. He received a warning
        > ticket from the cop investigating the accident, and his insurance
        > company has admitted 85% liability.
        >
        > I have no health insurance, so the lawyer sent me to a chiropractor,
        > (whom I also knew slightly, having done some work for him). The
        > threapy took longer than the lawyer anticipated-I had a slight
        > setback-and the lawyer expressed concern about the size of the bill
        > as it mounted.
        >
        > Now, something important about me. I am going through a personal
        > crisis right now and am going to counseling for avoidant behavior.
        > Nothing court ordered-I have no trouble with the law. Throughout
        > this rehab process the lawyer has expressed some surprise, actually
        > exasperation, that I wasn't paying attention to the size of the
        > chiropractor's bill, in fact did not even require the chiropractor to
        > send me a bill, figuring the lawyer would handle it. The lawyer said
        > that he can get the chiropractor to lower his bill-he has in previous
        > cases-and the chiropractor told me he would, because he wanted give
        > me extra treatment after the setback.
        >
        >
        > Now that the time has come to settle up this last case, the lawyer
        > laid out the prospective settlement he is going to propose to the
        > insurance company-a best case scenario he thinks he might be able to
        > get at best. I have already signed the papers authorizing him to be
        > my lawyer on this, at the beginning of the case.
        >
        > Here is the problem. He wants me to sign a document authorizing him
        > to settle the case for a minimum amount of money. He says I can fill
        > in whatever minimum I want, but he wants it signed. He did not ask
        > me to do this in the first two cases, in which I simply accepted the
        > settlement he made. He sad the reason was that he "wanted to make
        > sure that we were both on the same page".
        >
        >
        > Now, I realize the lawyer has been concerned with the uninvolved
        > attitude I have had during this, sometimes not asnwering his letters
        > for two weeks. I did tell him a few weeks ago that I was in therapy,
        > and I think I might have told him I have trouble making decisions,
        > which I do.
        >
        > Still, I wonder if this document he wants me to sign is the result of
        > his trying to cope with a client who seems somewhat uninvolved at
        > times, which I admit I have been, or if perhaps there is a nasty
        > surprise awaiting me after I sign this and the settlement is made. He
        > didn't require this document after the other two settlements, why
        > require it now? And on one of those previous settlements, I also did
        > not answer one of his letters for two weeks.
        >
        > Any reason why the lawyer would now want me to sign this document
        > authorizing him to sign for a minimum amount, he does not care what
        > number I put in?
        >
        > Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
        >
        >
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      • MARTHA CONNER
        Sounds to me like the attorney just wants to get his commission, and move on....Depends on what you want to do...if you think you can get a larger financial
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 4, 2006
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          Sounds to me like the attorney just wants to get his commission, and move on....Depends on what you want to do...if you think you can get a larger financial settlment, you may not want to settle more right now..So dont sign it...Use your gut feeling...I dont imagine all attorneys are honest...

          joeschultz100 <joeschultz100@...> wrote: I am a handyman, pretty low income. Some years ago I did some work
          for a lawyer, and from time to time have gone to him for some ligal
          advice.

          After not getting car accidents for twenty years, I have gotten into
          three in the past five years. One is not settled yet. This lawyer
          has handled all three cases. In the first two, my car was stopped
          and I was hit in the rear of the car. I collected a couple of
          thousand in each case.

          In this one, the driver incredibly made a left turn in front of me
          while I was goiing 25 mph down the road. He received a warning
          ticket from the cop investigating the accident, and his insurance
          company has admitted 85% liability.

          I have no health insurance, so the lawyer sent me to a chiropractor,
          (whom I also knew slightly, having done some work for him). The
          threapy took longer than the lawyer anticipated-I had a slight
          setback-and the lawyer expressed concern about the size of the bill
          as it mounted.

          Now, something important about me. I am going through a personal
          crisis right now and am going to counseling for avoidant behavior.
          Nothing court ordered-I have no trouble with the law. Throughout
          this rehab process the lawyer has expressed some surprise, actually
          exasperation, that I wasn't paying attention to the size of the
          chiropractor's bill, in fact did not even require the chiropractor to
          send me a bill, figuring the lawyer would handle it. The lawyer said
          that he can get the chiropractor to lower his bill-he has in previous
          cases-and the chiropractor told me he would, because he wanted give
          me extra treatment after the setback.


          Now that the time has come to settle up this last case, the lawyer
          laid out the prospective settlement he is going to propose to the
          insurance company-a best case scenario he thinks he might be able to
          get at best. I have already signed the papers authorizing him to be
          my lawyer on this, at the beginning of the case.

          Here is the problem. He wants me to sign a document authorizing him
          to settle the case for a minimum amount of money. He says I can fill
          in whatever minimum I want, but he wants it signed. He did not ask
          me to do this in the first two cases, in which I simply accepted the
          settlement he made. He sad the reason was that he "wanted to make
          sure that we were both on the same page".


          Now, I realize the lawyer has been concerned with the uninvolved
          attitude I have had during this, sometimes not asnwering his letters
          for two weeks. I did tell him a few weeks ago that I was in therapy,
          and I think I might have told him I have trouble making decisions,
          which I do.

          Still, I wonder if this document he wants me to sign is the result of
          his trying to cope with a client who seems somewhat uninvolved at
          times, which I admit I have been, or if perhaps there is a nasty
          surprise awaiting me after I sign this and the settlement is made. He
          didn't require this document after the other two settlements, why
          require it now? And on one of those previous settlements, I also did
          not answer one of his letters for two weeks.

          Any reason why the lawyer would now want me to sign this document
          authorizing him to sign for a minimum amount, he does not care what
          number I put in?

          Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.








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        • MARTHA CONNER
          Also make sure your attorney cannot alter the minimum fee amount you put in and that you get a copy of the original document...but it sounds a joeschultz100
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            Also make sure your attorney cannot alter the minimum fee amount you put in and that you get a copy of the original document...but it sounds a

            joeschultz100 <joeschultz100@...> wrote: I am a handyman, pretty low income. Some years ago I did some work
            for a lawyer, and from time to time have gone to him for some ligal
            advice.

            After not getting car accidents for twenty years, I have gotten into
            three in the past five years. One is not settled yet. This lawyer
            has handled all three cases. In the first two, my car was stopped
            and I was hit in the rear of the car. I collected a couple of
            thousand in each case.

            In this one, the driver incredibly made a left turn in front of me
            while I was goiing 25 mph down the road. He received a warning
            ticket from the cop investigating the accident, and his insurance
            company has admitted 85% liability.

            I have no health insurance, so the lawyer sent me to a chiropractor,
            (whom I also knew slightly, having done some work for him). The
            threapy took longer than the lawyer anticipated-I had a slight
            setback-and the lawyer expressed concern about the size of the bill
            as it mounted.

            Now, something important about me. I am going through a personal
            crisis right now and am going to counseling for avoidant behavior.
            Nothing court ordered-I have no trouble with the law. Throughout
            this rehab process the lawyer has expressed some surprise, actually
            exasperation, that I wasn't paying attention to the size of the
            chiropractor's bill, in fact did not even require the chiropractor to
            send me a bill, figuring the lawyer would handle it. The lawyer said
            that he can get the chiropractor to lower his bill-he has in previous
            cases-and the chiropractor told me he would, because he wanted give
            me extra treatment after the setback.


            Now that the time has come to settle up this last case, the lawyer
            laid out the prospective settlement he is going to propose to the
            insurance company-a best case scenario he thinks he might be able to
            get at best. I have already signed the papers authorizing him to be
            my lawyer on this, at the beginning of the case.

            Here is the problem. He wants me to sign a document authorizing him
            to settle the case for a minimum amount of money. He says I can fill
            in whatever minimum I want, but he wants it signed. He did not ask
            me to do this in the first two cases, in which I simply accepted the
            settlement he made. He sad the reason was that he "wanted to make
            sure that we were both on the same page".


            Now, I realize the lawyer has been concerned with the uninvolved
            attitude I have had during this, sometimes not asnwering his letters
            for two weeks. I did tell him a few weeks ago that I was in therapy,
            and I think I might have told him I have trouble making decisions,
            which I do.

            Still, I wonder if this document he wants me to sign is the result of
            his trying to cope with a client who seems somewhat uninvolved at
            times, which I admit I have been, or if perhaps there is a nasty
            surprise awaiting me after I sign this and the settlement is made. He
            didn't require this document after the other two settlements, why
            require it now? And on one of those previous settlements, I also did
            not answer one of his letters for two weeks.

            Any reason why the lawyer would now want me to sign this document
            authorizing him to sign for a minimum amount, he does not care what
            number I put in?

            Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.








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