When you first consult with an attorney, it's a good idea to learn more about their legal fees and billing process. Neglecting to do so up front can result in a disagreement in the future.
Furthermore, and depending on the circumstances, your disagreement can turn into something much more serious.
If you believe your attorney is attempting to take advantage of you financially, it's critical to learn more about your legal rights in Colorado and the steps you can take to protect them.
A written fee agreement
Regardless of why you're hiring an attorney, from a personal injury case to a business partner dispute, a written fee agreement is a must. This outlines the terms and conditions of the fee, including how much you'll pay and the way the rate is calculated.
It's critical to review the finer details of the agreement, as you want to address any gray area before signing on the dotted line.
While a fee agreement may seem like nothing more than a formality, it will make your life much easier in the event of a dispute with your attorney.
What about billing statements?
Understanding your billing statements is easier said than done, especially if you find something that doesn't coincide with your fee agreement.
Your attorney should provide routine and thorough billing statements to ensure that you understand where things stand at all times. Furthermore, it's important that you are informed of any significant expenses associated with your case, such as if your attorney needs to hire an expert to testify in court.
As you review your billing statements, cross-reference them against your fee agreement. If there's anything that doesn't add up, discuss it with your legal team to better understand the reasoning.
You hope that you never run into any problems regarding your fee agreement and billing statements, but don't assume that your attorney is doing the right thing at all times.
If you come to learn that your attorney is trying to take advantage of you, there are steps you can take to protect your legal rights. Filing a legal malpractice lawsuit may be the next best step in the process.
Visit our website for more information on legal malpractice and how to protect yourself.