How do I file a complaint against a lawyer in Chicago, IL?
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I agree with my colleague completely. I would urge you to make sure you and your attorney are communicating clearly before you report him. If you are just trying to get him to withdraw from the case, make an appointment to see him or send a certified letter. Good communication is the key, and it goes both ways. However, after you have made sure that your attorney and you are communicating clearly and he simply refuses to file a motion to withdraw, then you should contact the iardc for guidance.
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Agreed completely with both lawyers that have already answered, and write separately to point out that even if the lawyer withdraws as requested, that only stops the clock from running. It does not eliminate your duty to pay any reasonable fees earned by him.
Of course, he has to provide you with an itemized bill, but your feelings that the amount is "too much" doesn't eliminate your duty to pay for the services rendered. (And I'd concur that you paid for the services, not an outcome, with $3,500 being quite low for a family dispute of this kind. Remember that someone always loses in a court case. In fact, both sides usually lose.)
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Just FYI: $3,500 is not "way too much" for a custody case and is in fact very low. However, you are entitled to an itemized accounting of the services performed by the attorney and a refund of any unearned fees. Before looking to report the attorney, you probably should make oen more demand, in writing, and preferably by certified mail, return receipt requested, for an itemized bill. If that does not work, please make this your last effort - Go to www.iardc.org. Follow the instructions for filing a complaint with our licensing board.