Visitor Question

Can a law firm put a lien on my settlement money?

Submitted By: Dandy (OK)

I talked to a law firm about taking my workers comp case, but decided not to retain them. I signed nothing, nor did I approved them to do anything. But then they ran down to court and filed a LIEN on my workers compensation money!

What do I do immediately to reverse this, take this law firm’s actions back and remove this lien? Isn’t what they did illegal? Can I file a complaint against them for this action?

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Answer

Dear Dandy,

If you haven’t filed a Fee Agreement, sometimes referred to as a Contract for Legal or Professional Services, then you do not have a legal obligation to the law firm.

Your best bet would be to seek the legal services of another law firm. Once retained, the new law firm will take over. They will promptly notify the former law firm and confirm that firm’s services are terminated. If a lien has indeed been filed by the former law firm, you can rest assured, soon after you sign a Fee Agreement (Contract) with the new law firm, the attorneys will promptly have the lien rescinded. Soon after, your new law firm may decide to file their own lien.

You can certainly file a complaint with the Oklahoma State Bar, but doing so may not accomplish very much. Unless you want to spend an inordinate amount of time filling out a complaint form and then responding to State Bar inquiries, then just let your new law firm take over. They will move ahead with your workers compensation injury claim.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: December 11, 2013

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