This is fact-dependent: Since you have a new attorney, you may want to ask this question of your current attorney.
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I agree with my colleague, but also note that you worked with the first attorney for an entire year --he no doubt earned his fee of only $500.00 during that period of time.
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Have your new bankruptcy attorney review the agreement you had with your former bankruptcy lawyer and all bills that he gave you. The question here is what services did the attorney provide you, the benefit you received and were his charges reasonable for the services he rendered to you. I suggest that you carefully review with your current bankruptcy exactly what services s/he will be providing you, the fees and fees you will be charged, and discusss your expectations and the result you want. And you should have a written Engagement Letter and Fee Agreement.
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