I have paid my lawyer the amnt that I agreed that I owed. I have advised the lawyer that the billing for the rest of the services were incorrect and fraudulent. The lawyer has not got back to me since end of Feb. The lawyer mentioned arbortration once, but since my payment to he/she and letter explaining the faulty billing, the lawyer said in the last email to me in late Feb that he/she would consider and get back to me with a response, but I have yet to hear back from the lawyer. Is there a time frame that they need to respond to me if they want to continue the case to Arbitration? Thank you.
Unfortunately there is no simple answer. I strongly suggest you go to the California State Bar Web Site, www.calbar.ca.gov and read up on fee arbitration in general. The bar has also issued advisory opinion # 2011-02 which can be found at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MemberServices/FeeArbitration/ArbitrationAdvisories.aspx The opinion discusses the several possible statutes of limitation that may apply depending on the facts of the case. The issue can get VERY complicated, and alas, you may need to talk to yet another lawyer. You should know that the shortest statute of limitations among the several possible ones is one year.
If you are disputing your lawyer's bill, then you can also file for arbitration. Contact the local bar association to find out if they offer fee arbitration. If they do, and you decide to file a claim, then the attorney nearly always is obligated to comply.
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