Whether you’re a new client or an old one, learning how to challenge attorneys’ fees can be a major benefit. Many lawyers try to coerce payment by claiming a lien on the case file. This can be problematic because it will affect an ongoing legal matter or a transaction file. But, if you are acting in good faith, there’s little to worry about. If you think your attorney is overcharging you, there are several ways to get the fees you’re owed.
First, check whether the fee is reasonable. Usually, a court will only award attorneys’ fees when they are provided in a contract or if the contract allows it. If the fee is unreasonable, you can challenge it. However, it’s best to consult a lawyer before filing your lawsuit. A lawyer will be able to check whether you’ve violated any statutes that require you to pay for legal services.
Next, look for statutes that require the losing party to pay the attorneys’ fees. Most states require the losing party to pay for the attorneys’ fees. You should check if there are any special circumstances in your situation. If your case falls under the jurisdiction of a higher court, your attorney will have to prove that the contract requires you to pay their legal fees. The fee cap may be lower than what you are entitled to.