Q: Who do I talk to about unreasonable fees - my lawyer is blowing me off.
A: A lawyer should be willing to discuss his or her fees with you. If the matter being handled is still proceeding, you may wish to tell him or her (in writing) that you need to meet and discuss the fees within 21 days or you'll find a new lawyer to finish the matter. If the matter is done, you may wish to tell him or her (in writing) that you won't pay anything toward the fees until he or she meets with you to discuss them. Keep records of each attempt to contact the lawyer about the fees and keep copies of anything you send him or her.
Bear in mind that legal fees are expensive. If the bill is outrageous you have the right to file a complaint with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, though before doing this I recommend having have a different lawyer look at the bill and get his or her opinion as to whether the bill is sufficiently high to justify filing a complaint.
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