Monthly flat fees that vary? Something does not sound right. Do you have a written contract with the attorney? I suggest that you review your contract and see how it was agreed that you would be billed. Generally an attorney will bill by the hour and provide an itemization. Have you requested the itemization in writing? Do you have a copy of your request? If not, I suggest that you put your concerns in writing and demand an itemization, keeping a copy of your letter. If you cannot resolve the issue with the attorney, you may wish to find out if there is a mediation or arbitration program in your State to resolve billing issues with attorneys. You could find this out by calling the State Bar.
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I agree, this sounds odd. Review your contract, demand (in writing) an itemized statement. Send your letter via certified mail.
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You need to review your retainer agreement to determine what it requires you to pay and when. You may wish to have it reviewed by another attorney for a second opinion. You should also demand an itemization, in writing. Good luck.
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