I retained an attorney re: a restraining order case in California. And I paid twice for legal representation in court. How can I find justice re: this ethical issue? Thank you.
You have a right to mandatory fee arbitration to contest the fee. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Attorney-Regulation/Attorney-Fee-Arbitration
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Ask for an accounting and a refund if appropriate. Settle down.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
You can start by pointing out the error to your attorney and ask for an adjustment to your bill
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First, even if you do not feel like doing so, give the lawyer the benefit of the doubt and courteously try to resolve this matter with the firm. If, after a genuine, good-faith effort to resolve the matter, you still cannot do so, you should consult whatever fee dispute resolution services that your state bar offers. You can contact the state bar officials and ask how you should proceed from there. Hopefully you can settle this amicably and achieve a result that you find fair and acceptable. Best wishes.
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