What can you do if your attorney is overbilling you?
Fee disputes don't typically result in discipline of a lawyer under attorney ethics rules in most states. However, if you believe your attorney has violated ethics rules, you should contact your local bar association or ethics board and file a complaint.
Can you sue to recover attorney fees?
General Rule California follows the “American Rule,” which provides that everyone has to pay their own attorneys' fees – even if you win at trial. Also, consider the toll on a small company forced to pursue a case where only a few thousand dollars are at issue and then learning it cannot recover its attorneys' fees.
Can a retainer fee be refunded?
A retainer fee is a payment made to a professional, often a lawyer, by a client for future services. Retainer fees do not guarantee an outcome or final product. Portions of retainer fees can be refunded if services end up costing less than originally planned.
How much does an attorney get from a settlement?
In the majority of cases, a personal injury lawyer will receive 33 percent (or one third) of any settlement or award. For example, if you receive a settlement offer of $30,000 from the at fault party's insurance company, you will receive $20,000 and your lawyer will receive $10,000.