The attorneys fees are dictated by the written retainer agreement between you and the attorney, not any oral promises made.
California Business and Professions Code Sections 6200-6206 requires attorneys to arbitrate fee disputes and to provide written notice of the client’s right to arbitrate prior to or at the commencement of any proceeding against the client.
If you have a fee dispute with your attorney, I suggest you utilize the services of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's fee dispute arbitration and mediation program:
The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author (who is only admitted to practice law in the State of California). For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
You need to review the retainer agreement you signed with your attorneys to see the fees you agreed on. If there was not a written fee agreement between you and your attorneys, you will need to get help in resolving this dispute. Contacting the State Bar is a good first step.
Most P.I. lawyers do not charge for recovering property damage settlements. Rather they charge you attorney fees on the bodily injury settlement or award. I only charge attorney fees in complicated loss or diminution in value claims for property damage recoveries.
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