I didn't call them, they called me. It's like they are looking for something to charge me for.
Lawyers are supposed to check on Clients from time to time. And, if they do bill you, it will be at the secretary's rate. This is a matter of State law. I would strongly suggest that you consult with a local attorney (perhaps selected from the AVVO website resources) with experience in this area of law, to offer a free initial consultation and perhaps assist with the process. If this information was helpful to you, even if you do not like or agree with the advice, please let me know by clicking on the “Helpful” or “Best Answer” button. Good luck!
This information is provided as general guidance only, not actual legal advice. I have not reviewed your paperwork, and I may not be licensed practice law in your state. The fine points of your question are often found in the laws of your State. So, this response is not intended to be legal advice and you should rely on this information only to give you some idea of what you should do.
Any answer would be speculation. How would we know your lawyer's billing practices?
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
The answer is it depends. What the retainer agreement says should control. Is it the firms practice to bill for quick phone check ups? Additionally if you only spoke with the assistant you should only pay that rate per hour. You can always send an email asking about their billing practices.
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