I have a custody lawyer that charged way too much (over $3,500) for basically one court appearance whereby my Ex. got sole custody of ur 5 year old daughter anyway. He claims I owe more $, but has yet to send me an "itemized bill"! He is also still technically on the case (as seen in my visit to the Clerk of the Circuit Court downtown), even though I've requested that he file a motion to officially remove himself because I have decided to go pro-se. *What organization(s) can I file a complaint against him with? (In other words, how can I put some fire under this lawyer's @$$ to get him to do what he's supposed to do?) Thanks and have a Blessed Day! :-)>
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.
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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