attorney billing

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    do i have the right to get a itemized bill from my attorney? i hired an attorney on may 2nd and gave a retainer i signed a contract that 1200 of the retainer was non refundable. on july 1st i called for a update and the lawyer said he was very sorry he had not gotten to my case and said he doesnt normally do business that way and would get right on it. as of august 1 the attorney had still done nothing on the case. it was a small matter.i ended up resolving myself due to there was a time frame deadline. i told him i no longer needed him and he said he would refund me the remainder of the retainer. it appears from what i got back i was bill more than the non refundable part of 1200 which is fine if the work was done. i repeatedly asked for an itemized bill and havent received it. he claimed he made some calls and i asked for a list of who he spoke to and still nothing. do i have a right to a itemized bill? i would like to atleast see where the money did go? how do i proceed to get one?

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    You should make a formal request in writing. Send it via certified mail. In the letter, give a specific deadline by which you require the itemized statement, say 15 days. If the attorney fails to respond within this time period, contact your state bar association. It could be a proper cause for a grievance.
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    tks

    Quote Originally Posted by Legal Help View Post
    You should make a formal request in writing. Send it via certified mail. In the letter, give a specific deadline by which you require the itemized statement, say 15 days. If the attorney fails to respond within this time period, contact your state bar association. It could be a proper cause for a grievance.
    thank you.


 

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