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Talk to the lawyer him/herself, not the front desk clerk or billing person.
What does your representation agreement with this attorney say regarding fees--in particular if a court filing is required? The rates you mention are not outside the bandwidth of acceptability.
Many states have a Fee Dispute Resolution process set--see if your state does if you believe the fees excessive.
FWIW, the time to question fees is maximized if its executed before a representation agreement is signed--your rights diminish significantly, but not altogether, after signing.
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I think that you should meet face-to-face with your attorney to discuss this matter. You should not be speaking only with his assistant. This all may be misunderstanding. Remember that a problem with hiring another lawyer is that you will incur additional legal expense. You should also determine if your state has a method of resolving attorney fee disputes. I am not a Kansas lawyer and did not offer this as legal at advice.Ask a similar question
Have you signed the final accounting settlement which this amount of $10,000 less?
This answer is predicated on the facts provided in which the lawyer cannot confirm or verify. I do not represent you as we do not have an attorney-client relationship.Ask a similar question