So I did an initial consultation. Then after a few email back and forths I asked how much the fee was to hire her. I never got an answer but she wasnt happy when I mentioned some of things other lawyers have said. Told me I should retain one of them and wad going to close my case. Didnt know I was a case..since we never agreed on anything or told me how much it was going to be to hire her.
Then all of a sudden today I got a bill for the emails..I get people should get paid for services but this was unexpected. I have a couple lawyers I communicate via email or messages that dont charge me. I thought she was doing the same.
Can she do that? So I can charge people for my services without them knowing and send bills?
Abraham Lincoln was known to have said "A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade." Some lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation to determine whether or not the lawyer can/will get involved. But, in general, I believe that when a lawyer has rendered substantive advice, the lawyer is entitle to compensation.
This comment is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. It does not create an attorney client relationship and obviously is not confidential. You should contact an attorney in your area who can review with you all of the relevant facts and give you specific legal advice.
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