A settlement was reached through mediation, my attorney violated our client/attorney privilege and the confidentiality reflected in the mediation agreement. The mediator's proposed settlement agreement did not specify the check be made payable to my attorneys office,only to myself and the lienholder. I have recently satisfied (and have proof thereof) the debt with the lienholder. The attorneys representing the insurance company have now sent a their "Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release," with one of the stipulations stating the check be made payable to myself and the attorney's office. Can I change the stipulation so the check is made payable only to myself?

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Amy Bach

Amy Bach has been a professional advocate for insurance policyholders since 1984 and an attorney since 1989. She co-founded United Policyholders in 1991 and serves as the organization's Executive Director and primary spokesperson; shaping and overseeing the Roadmap to Recovery™, Roadmap to Preparedness, and Advocacy and Action programs. She is a nationally recognized expert on insurance claim and legal matters; frequently interviewed in print and broadcast media, and the author of numerous publications including "The Disaster Recovery Handbook", "WISE UP: The Savvy Consumer's Guide to Buying Insurance" and consumer tips and guides in the UP Claim Help Library.  Recognized by Money Magazine as a Money Hero, Bach is in her eighth consecutive term as an official consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.