What Are Excessive Legal Fees?

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Did My Attorney Overcharge for My Case?

Attorneys are prohibited by state bar associations from charging excessive or unconscionable legal fees. However, what is excessive? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer. However, the American Bar Association (ABA) notes several factors to consider when weighing the reasonableness of a legal fee.

Some of these factors seem obvious:

Other factors the ABA considers might not seem quite as obvious:

Finally, the easiest way to determine to determine whether a legal fee is excessive is with simple “hindsight” vision. 

After considering these issues, if you still believe the legal fee was excessive, you should contact your lawyer to raise your concerns, as it is possible that you may be able to come to an agreement.

Should I Seek Outside Legal Assistance?

If you believe that your legal fees were excessive, and you and your attorney were unable to come to an agreement, you may want to contact an experienced malpractice attorney. They will provide you with more information on recovering the disputed fee. Further information about working with an attorney can be found at the Top 20 Legal Tips from LegalMatch.

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Last Modified: 03-14-2014 12:09 PM PDT

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