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What province is this please?
I am sorry to hear this.
One option is to apply to the court in Ontario that is set up to deal with the assessment of lawyer's bills. You have to apply for leave, that is for special permission, to have the court deal with this now as you were to bring the application within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.
If you rather or if the court denies leave, then you can tell the lawyer to sue you. It will be in Small Claims Court and you can self-represent.
You can have a trial and under sworn testimony you can explain to the court that you fired your lawyer, attended on your own behalf, but your lawyer attended and tried to tell the court he was still acting for you. Then you can say he later had the nerve to bill you for that court attendance and then for discussing the bill.
As well, you can cross-examine the lawyer under oath and ask him why he attended court etc.
As well, given that the lawyer purported to act for you after you dismissed him then you can consider filing a complaint with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The leave is just asking for special permission to go to that court. If they say you can, then you have a hearing at a different date. And at the hearing the court will hear from you and hear from the lawyer and decide what is fair in terms of what you should be billed. The court can reduce or even cancel his bill. And that is what you would have to pay and what he would have to abide by.
It is 30 days from the time you received the invoice.
Here is a link to the information that you will need:
This court is specialized to deal with lawyer's bills as that is all this court does deal with so it will be easier for you to succeed there.
A complaint to the law society may end up with this lawyer being disciplined.
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