If the costs weren't provided to you, contact the disciplinary board. My firm doesn't take a penny of costs out of the clients' portions, as we don't feel that it is morally right. Good luck.
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Ask the atty to show documentation of the costs. Normally the atty informs the client of the approximate amount of costs, upon request, or periodically, particularly if they are other than nominal, and when you are either engaging in or planning negotiations such as mediation or settlement conference. I always talk to my clients about fees, costs, liens, etc before we settle a case, so they will know about how much they may end up with if they settle. I know of no service and anyone you would hire would cost you money. The costs of litigation can be high especially by the time you get to the MSC. Experts have been paid possibly non refundable fees, exhibits, pre trial depositions, investigation, etc. The costs of trying a case have risen. makes uneconomical in many cases.
As my colleagues stated, you should ask for a statement of fees immediately.
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